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      17.02.2013 12:02
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      A lovely drink on it's own or in cocktails

      Cointreau is a lovely orange flavoured spirit which I first discovered on holiday but now regularly enjoy at home too. I like my drinks to be alcoholic but not to taste too much like alcohol, if you know what I mean. Generally, the sweeter and fruitier the drink the better for me.

      At 40% proof, Cointeau packs a punch but it has a distinct citrus flavour which is very easy to enjoy, so much so that it is impossible to have just the one.

      I first drank Cointreau just as a spirit and used lemonade as a mixer. This gives the full flavour of the orange and is so nice and refreshing when poured over a big glass of ice. I also now regularly request a Cointreau neat at the end of a meal. I am not a fan of brandy or whiskey as I find them too strong but a single measure of Cointreau either in a shot glass or over ice is lovely to just sip away at and round off a lovely dinner. And i'm sure that somebody once told me it helps to digest a meal!!

      My favourite way to use Cointreau however is in cocktails. Mix with vodka and cranberry juice, orange and lemonade or just experiment with whatever you have. I have made many jugs of sangria and various home creations with this drink and it is now at the top of my duty free shopping list every time I go on holiday.

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      10.02.2013 01:27
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      A lovely, orange flavoured liqueur

      I'm definitely someone who enjoys a drink or two (or ten). Whether it's wine with a meal, whisky afterwards or another drink in a pub just because, there are a lot of drinks that I'm quite a fan of. One of my favourite drinks to have when I'm at home visiting my parents is cointreau. It's a nice liqueur to have before or after a meal or at another time should you wish. I really like it but it's not something that I would drink often enough to warrant keeping my own bottle in stock. It's therefore really only something that I have neat every now and then or sometimes in cocktails.

      ==Cointreau==

      Cointreau is a clear-coloured, orange flavoured liqueur. It has a similar alcohol content to vodka and gin and the like (40%) so it's fairly strong. Its orange flavour also means that it doesn't particularly complement any traditional mixers. For this reason, it's something that is sipped slowly in my family rather than being diluted or drank more quickly. It is, however, used in some cocktails.

      == What I Think ==

      As I said earlier, this is one of my favourite drinks to have when I'm visiting my parents if they have it in. It really does have a lovely orangey taste that has a sharp, citrusy edge to it. Despite being as strong as vodka, it doesn't have a taste of alcohol to it, although you can definitely feel its alcohol content in your mouth the same way as you can with whisky - warm with a bit of a sting if you drink it too quickly. It is a delicious drink but can be lethal if you drink much of it - it does seem to be stronger than it's alcohol content would suggest. I don't drink it very often as it does have a unique(ly lovely) taste and one every now and then is enough for me. Writing this review has really made me fancy one, however, so I may go and get one

      == Conclusion ==

      Cointreau is a lovely liqueur to have as a treat on occasion but not something that I plan on buying for myself any time soon. If I were to buy a bottle, however, it wouldn't set me back too much at only £13 for 500ml if I got it from Asda (although it costs £18 or more from some other supermarkets or shops). Especially in comparison with whisky, my non-wine drink of choice, this is a very reasonably priced option for a drink in the evening. I do recommend this drink, but I'd probably try it in a pub or somewhere first to see if it's something that you'd want to drink more than every once in a while.

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        30.11.2012 15:30
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        The Traditional French orange Liqueur.

        Many, many years ago there was a mesmerising Cointreau advert, it consisted of an elegant dinner party that was drawing to a close and the liqueurs were making the rounds of the table.The focus moves to an elegant male guest with a glass on Cointreau in hand and across the after dinner conversation comes a smooth French voice with that accent, you know all silky, saying "Zee taste of bitter oranges...." Well that's what I remember but at around 10 years of age it definitely made an impression considering I can't remember what I watched last night!


        It was many years later when actually did get to taste this, to my mind, elegant liqueur which has become one of my favourite indulgences particularly around Christmas. The clear spirit has a distinctive square bottle made of amber glass topped with an orange metal top. Two sides of the bottle bear the raised signature of E Cointreau and the front label bears the familiar Cointreau orange ribbon with the name emblazoned in black. Many liqueurs bear a short history of their contents on the label but Cointreau is short and sweet. Bear with my "O' level French, " A harmonious, subtle, natural blend of orange spirits, sweet and bitter, Unique" That's all except to tell us that it originates from Angers France and is 40% volume. This last is repeated on the seal on the front of the bottle and one thing I particularly like is that around the neck it says "To the four corners of the World" On the reverse is the same sparsity of blurb, "Enjoy Cointreau neat, on ice,mixed with tonic, lemonade, soda water or fruit juice and in cocktails. (Margarita,Cosmopolitan, White lady, Sidecar).

        An Orange Heart.

        Originating form Angers in France way back in 1849, Cointreau liqueur was created by Edward and Adolphe Cointreau. The orange peel is soaked in alcohol and undergoes two distillations, to ensure a high quality product each time the liquid is distilled the head and the tail are discarded and only the heart is retained. To this is added water and sugar "et voila" you have created Cointreau with a 40%vol kick, quite a hit from a lot of oranges!

        The Smell and the Taste.

        The reason that I am reminded of Christmas whenever I indulge in a little hit of zee bitter oranges is that the smell is just like Terry's chocolate orange which was always in my Christmas stocking! My 70cl bottle has a pourer in the neck to prevent too much coming out and makes a happy glug into the glass. It is a clear liqueur but you can see syrupy whirls of sugar in it and sometimes this crystallises around the neck of the bottle. Neat, the taste is intense, orange and sweet but a hint of bitterness as well and then, a warm hit at the back of the throat which eventually works it's way down to your toes, lovely. My favourite way is to drink it with ice or, as it is very chilly at the moment, with hot black coffee which makes it a French coffee. You can if you wish float some cream on top of the coffee and add a sprinkle of chocolate, sip slowly and let it warm you up thinking of ripe oranges growing under blue skies just to make Cointreau for you.

        My Opinion.

        I think it is a delicious drink and a good item to keep in your drinks cabinet, it is quite expensive, I am lucky enough to buy mine tax free in Gibraltar where the prices will upset. I see from the internet that 70cl is around 18.00pounds but it is available in a 30cl bottle too and probably in a minature if you wish to try it out. It is very versatile though whether you choose to serve it hot or cold and is an ingredient in many cocktails. It is also used in cooking to add a hit of intense flavour to any orange dish, even a good old fruit salad turns into something special with a drop of Cointreau. If you are a fan of orange liqueurs please try this traditional strong and sweet drink and don't leave it in the cupboard all year until Christmas!

        5 strong sweet stars from me.

        Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.

        Readily available from supermarkets and off licences, please indulge responsibly.

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          16.10.2012 22:10
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          A useful addition to a cocktail cabinet

          ~Cointreau~
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          Cointreau is something that I tend to keep in the drinks cupboard as it can be so very useful for those who like me enjoy mixing their own cocktails from time to time. I feel that Cointreau is a well known, branded liqueur type product that can be used to help create a good number of cocktails. The depth of flavour offered by the liqueur makes it a good choice for anyone who likes to mix a cocktail or two, but at the same time doesn't always want to drink the same type of drink.

          In my opinion Cointreau sits proudly among an array of similar tasting curacao triple sec style liqueurs, being made from the dried peel of both sweet and bitter oranges, giving the product its classic blended taste. With its orange based tangy sweetness Cointreau just about manages to rise above some of the other more generic versions you can buy in my opinion, as I can tell the difference between this and other triple sec products and very often opt for this over other brands as I feel Cointreau has a slight edge in terms of depth of flavour.


          ~Making cocktails~
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          So many wonderful cocktails can be made using Cointreau, as it works really well when used to add a tangy orange based sweetness to a variety of drinks, that I feel cuts through the harsher tastes of some stronger alcohols adding more depth and flavour to a finished drink. A classic Margarita would be nothing without a little Cointreau, as the triple sec works so well alongside tequila and lemon juice. Once the ingredients have been shaken with ice then poured in to a cocktail glass that has been prepared with salt around the rim, the effect is very good indeed as the sweetness of the Cointreau balances the rest of the ingredients really well.

          When used in long drinks such as a cooling Long Island Iced Tea, I feel Cointreau blends smoothly with rum, vodka, tequila, sweet and sour and a splash of cola or iced tea (add more to make this an extra long drink if wanted) to make a really refreshing and cooling summer evening drink that can be sipped and enjoyed slowly. On its own I find Cointreau just a little too sweet for my taste, which is why I feel it works best in a cocktail rather than when drunk on its own (although when drunk on its own the orange flavour of the drink really comes through).


          ~Product bottle, ease of use~
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          The product bottle that Cointreau comes has a sturdy square shaped base that helps keep the bottle safe and steady when stored away in a cupboard or cabinet, although it does take up more space because of this. The bottle is sturdy and easy to handle, as well as being easy to pour from. The product bottle disguises the almost colourless Cointreau, making it look like it is a warm orange brown colour. I feel this effect gives an inviting insight in to the flavours locked inside. I find that the bottle lid opens and closes with an easy twist, but can become sticky if not wiped over after pouring the Cointreau, as the sugary aspect of the product remains in place around the bottle top if not removed.


          ~Price, product rating~
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          Last time I bought a bottle of Cointreau is was priced at £14 for 500mls, although prices can range from £12 to £16 for this size, depending on the time of year and in store offers. I feel that the cost of the product is reasonable, as this liqueur is not something that will be bought and used all in one go, meaning that it should last some time when used to make a number of cocktails. My rating for Cointreau is 4 stars as I feel it has the edge over other similar triple sec style products that can be bought.

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          13.10.2012 16:21
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          a great little warmer

          ==Cointreau==

          Looking longingly at my drinks cupboard I was surprised to see a nearly full bottle of this Cointreau in there but as I am not able to drink (being pregnant at the moment) it is hardly surprising. I think I picked up this bottle last Christmas with a ton of other alcohol which is why not that much of it has been drunk (bought more than I could handle). It is a 70 cl bottle and this would usually retail for around the £20 price region although I wouldn't have bought it full price and around Christmas all the supermarkets have these sorts of drinks on some special offer or another.

          The bottle of Cointreau is quite distinctive and is a cube shaped bottle which is a dark brown/orangey colour and there is a orange/bronze coloured screw top cap. The bottle has an etched signature down both sides and the cream and orangey label on the front has a lot of French type writing on which I can't really read. It says "subtile et naturelle" which I can assume it means subtle and natural. (powers of deduction working over time there!)

          The back label gives little information other than suggesting that you visit the Cointreau website where you can "discover many different ways to enjoy Cointreau" and says that it can be mixed to make cocktails or with just tonic or lemonade. I can't say I have tried mixing this drink with anything as I really enjoy the taste and the "hit" you get when drinking it straight.

          It is not a drink to be taken lightly as it is a 40% strength liqueur and when I drink it I have it without ice and I have a special little sherry type glass with which I drink it from. The first few glide down very smoothly and they certainly give you a warm glow. The liquid itself is a clear one and although not thick is a little syrupy. The smell of oranges that comes off of the drink is really very strong and when having a little sip I must say the taste is very strong too. It is literally like drinking a sweetened orange drink which gives you that alcoholic kick at the back of the throat. Again this is a sort of Christmas type drink and it is always something I remember having as I was growing up.

          All in all it has to be said that this drink is a very enjoyable one. A little is really all you need to give you a buzz and a warm feeling throughout. It is a nice drink to enjoy with company and certainly around the festive period. Buy it when it is on special offer and keep it in the drinks cabinet! I don't think I will need to buy one again this year as there will be plenty to keep me going once I am back on the good stuff! I think a score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved!


          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you


          Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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          12.10.2012 16:27
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          delicious orange liquer!

          Cointreau is one of my favourite liquers and its is something I always have on my alcohol shelf (yep I have a shelf in my kitchen dedicated to spirits and liquers). It is a french liquer that tastes and smells very distinctly of oranges.

          Cointreau is one of the more expensive liquers in my opinion and usually costs around £20 for a bottle, and unfortunatly I have very rarely seen this drink on offer in the supermarkets. If im not feeling particularly rich then I will opt for orange triple sec but this comes nowhere close to the delicious taste of Cointreau.

          It comes in an amber coloured retangular glass bottle with a gold and white label and a bronzy gold screw off cap. As soon as you unscrew it you get the lovely aroma of oranges that makes you eager to taste it. The liquid itself is suprisingly clear, as you might expect it to be orangy or amber in colour. It tastes very sweet and fruity and orangy, and is delicious sipped neat over ice, it is also a very versatile drink that can be mixed with lots of different things which is why it is a staple liquer for me. In summer I often enjoy it in lemonade with some ice and slices of orange and lemon for a lovely citrus-y drink. My favourite way to drink this though is in Margarita's! I love making Margaritas for me and my friends (and I do make a very nice one if I say so myself), you can add orange triple sec to Margaritas but the taste is just not the same. I would also advise you not to try just drinking triple sec over ice either as you would Cointreau as its just horrible.

          Overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys fruity flavoured liquers or cocktails, its absolutely delicious!

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          11.01.2011 11:41
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          A superbly flavoured orange liqueur, perfect for a cold winter's evening.

          Cointreau is one of the most distinctive and versatile alcoholic drinks that you can hope to have in your collection. Invented (is that the correct term???) many years ago in 1849 in France by two brothers called, yes you've guessed it, Cointreau. The recipe itself is a close guarded secret, but the main ingredient is the Caribbean orange. The list of ingredients on the bottle is also very helpful to everyone as they state in many different languages that it contains, wait for it alcohol and sugar. Now that's what I call a revelation!!!

          Cointreau comes in many different sizes, namely 1-litre bottles, 700ml bottles, 350ml bottles, and the ultra cute miniature 50ml bottles. It retails at all good supermarkets and off licenses for a competitive price, costing around about £20 for the larger bottles and £3 for the 50ml miniatures. The most common sized bottle available seems to be the 700ml bottle. This puts in on par with your common whiskies and vodkas. The bottles themselves are very distinctive indeed. They are a dark shade of orange, and are a strange cube like shape with a long thin top, capped with an orange screw on top. The labelling tends to be all in French but there is very little information on them apart from that detailed ingredient list stated earlier!

          Now considering the drink itself. Cointreau is a clear liquid, looking almost like vodka or gin. Uniquely if you mix it with water or pour it over ice, it gains a slightly bluish tinge to it. The consistency is very smooth indeed and it gives off a lovely strong orangey aroma, which just makes the taste buds stand to attention, eager to sample the delights in the glass. It must be said that despite being ABV 40% which is the same as whisky, Cointreau is remarkably strong and the worrying thing is that it is also remarkably easy to drink, meaning that it is handy to remember just how much you are having :) (or maybe not!). Remember people always drink responsibly.

          Taste wise, the drink has a unique and very distinctive taste of oranges, however they are perfectly blended so despite the distinctiveness, they do not overpower the drink, meaning that it retains its alcoholic qualities, such as the warmth on your throat as it goes down. Perfect for a winters night with the frost and snow outside. It's almost like eating your favourite orange cream sweet only much better. It should also be noted that it is also very sweet. Again this is perfect for me as I have a sweet tooth, but it may be a little too sweet for some palettes.

          I have to admit that I prefer to drink Cointreau either neat, or have it poured over ice to ensure that it has a nice contrast of cold drink and warming effect as it goes down. However, Cointreau is a good mixer and can be put with water, or indeed with other alcoholic drinks and is a main constituent of many cocktails, so if you are hosting a house party it is well worth keeping a bottle to hand. It is also a much better option in my opinion than other orange liqueurs on the market such as triple sec or curacao. It is much smoother and also not as dry. The other two are good options for cocktails but not for drinking neat.

          Cointreau is now widely available in pubs and clubs and will cost you around about £2 per shot. However I wouldn't really consider it to be a social drink. To me its more of an after work treat and as such I prefer to sip my Cointreau of an evening as a form of relaxing after a hard day, and it is best had with company. i.e. Friday night, a film with my wife, that sort of thing. However I will let you make your own judgements :)

          Finally I would advise anyone to try this drink at least once. Like many other things in life, Cointreau is one of those things that you either love or hate; there is no middle ground. However, more people that I know enjoy it rather that hate it. If you are not sure try buying the miniature bottle as a tester, and believe me, you'll be back down the 'offy' buying a larger bottle before you know it.

          Thanks for reading this and this review also appears on Ciao under my same username.

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            23.11.2009 17:05
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            The classic mixer liquor

            Cointreau is a legendary drink made from oranges and is a triplesec liquor, triple sec means triple distilled and is made from the oranges from Spain or Brazil. Cointreau is the most famous brand though there are other cheaper alternatives, it is a liquor with around a 40% alcohol level which very high for a liquor which normally come in at around 20%.

            Whats it like?

            Well its an orange liquor and is very very very (thats how much) sweet, its almost a syrup level of sweetness combined with a bitter orange flavour, it can be drunk neat over ice but most people find it too sweet and bitter for that. Instead its one of the most famous mixers in the world, it is the basis for many cocktails which want a hit of orange and a bang of alcohol.

            Cointreau is sold in very distinctive bottles and can be bought for around £15 a bottle, there are cheaper alternatives but the quality in Cointreau shines through making it the best orange liquor in the world.

            So thats the technical stuff out of the way, how do we drink it?

            Well it is the basis for the spanish/portuguese drink Sangria made with cheap brandy, red wine, Cointreau, lemonade, and any fruit you want to throw in along with a huge amount of ice. Sangria is the cheapest way of getting drunk whilst on holiday in Spain or Portugal becuase you can get litres of the stuff for five euro's, one or jugs and your well away trust me. Sangria is also the perfect accompanyment for chicken piri piri, the spicy chicken dish sold in every bar in Spain/Portugal.

            Cointreau margaritas

            2 volumes of tequila with one of cointreau and lime juice, probably the quickest way off getting drunk but the wrong combos can taste a bit like orange dish water.

            cointreau with vodka and cranberries, this is really nice and the vodka simpy adds yet more alcohol but the cranberry and orange combo works brilliantly. Don't drink too many of these because they don't have a high alcoholic taste but have very high alcohol content.

            Cointreau can be used as an add in for anything where a zing of orange is required so they are good for trifles if alcoholic orange is your thing. Orange of course goes brilliantly with chocolate so can be layered on hot chocolate.

            cointreau isn't cheap but its uses are many, it also maintains its quality over time so that bottle bought back from Spain will keep its taste for many months.

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              Highly recommended.

              Cointreau is often considered a relatively old fashioned drink. Once the key ingredients in many a classy cocktail it has fallen out of fashion somewhat and you rarely see people asking for a cointreau cocktail at a bar these days. It's a shame really as Cointreau is an extremely delicious liqueur, and very unique in it's flavour.

              The Cointreau orange liqueur comes in, unsurprisingly, an orange bottle, square at the bottom leading to a long-ish cylindrical neck. It definitely looks classy sitting amongst your other bottles on as an addition to your home bar stocks.

              Opening the lid of the bottle you immediately smell the sweet, but distinctly orangey tang of the liqueur, as well as the alcohol scent obviously. The liquid is clear in colour, and pours with the same consistency as vodka, it is not thick or creamy of syrupy like some liqueurs. On the one hand this is great as it is not overly sweet or over-powering, but on the other hand if you want to create a spectacular looking coloured cocktail you'll need other ingredients. It is made from a mixture of sweet and bitter orange peel, so definitely has a little bit of complexity to the flavour and is not just sweet the way that some liqueurs are (midori, I'm looking at you!).

              So what can you drink cointreau with? Well there are lots of possibilities. To take advantage of the summery, fruity flavours of cointreau, you can mix it with either triple sec and juice, or midori melon liqueur, orange juice, and grenadine. The Cointreau website recommends a Cointreaupolitan, with cointreau, cranberry juice, and lemon juice. Mmmm!

              Or to make a rich, jaffa flavoured sensation try mixing it with creme de cacao and cream, or even with baileys irish cream over ice. You can even drink cointreau over ice with milk for a perfect festive winter drink. Or, of course, straight up!

              Once you start using this deliciously sweet but delicately flavoured liqueur you'll be constantly thinking of new ways to use it. What about over vanilla ice cream as a luxurious and elegant alternative to sauce or other toppings? Or perhaps a splash on a summer fruit salad to turn it into a seductive dessert. There are a million and one ideas!

              The only drawback is that it is not one of the cheaper liqueurs, at between 15 and 20 pounds for a 70cl bottle. You do only need a little at a time though as the flavour is quite rich. It's definitely not the sort of drink you'd drink all night, being more suited to a sophisticated nightcap.

              The liqueur is 40% alcohol in strength, so of course you need to be careful to drink responsibly - even though it's so delicious!

              Get a bottle and it should last you quite a while as you'll find it's something you use occasionally on special occasions or when you're feeling decadent.

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                Its a good investment, and since its a great mixer can be stretched over longer periods of time.

                Cointreau (pronounced [kwan'-tro]) is a brand of triple sec liqueur, produced in France. At 40% Cointreau is very strong for a triple sec which is usually around 22%.

                This drink is great straight, but be careful it is powerful!
                Its bitter sweet orange taste masks the taste of hard alcohol, and therefore makes it more enjoyable to sip. For someone like me who cant drink straight vodka, tequila, whiskey etc. This stuff really hits the spot.

                You can also use Cointreau as a great mixer, with orange juice it is subtle and adds a nice kick, and with lime and Tequila you have a powerful Margarita!
                This is one of the most expensive bottles in my liquor cabinet and even in the duty free in Germany you can pay about 25 euros a bottle.
                If you like a deep intense orange flavor without a cloying sweetness but with a powerful punch then this is the drink for you.

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                  Cointreau is a light clear liqueur which has to be sipped to be enjoyed, there's no good in just glugging this one down as all it will do is get you spinning drunk in no time at all. To really savour the taste sip a little of the liquid onto your tongue and roll it around your mouth, the heat of the drink and the special orangy taste will then slowly be released. Cointreau is made in France and is quite stong at 40%vol. Not a drink to be taken lightly, although it's a favorite drink of a lot of females I have seen men who have been quite partial to this drink. The bottle is quite atractive and is a nice browny orange colour with a coin shape on the front of the bottle, this squareish bottle is not to big but quite chunky. A 0.35L bottle will set you back at around £12.99 but I bought my one at £8.99 as it was on offer, so shopping around can make a difference. When you twist off the sealed lid which has an attractive coat of arms on the top, you can then smell the loverly scent of oranges. This drink is ideal for the dinner party or at christmas for the aunties and grandma, there are a few good drink mixers which will blend nicely with Cointreau, you can even add a bit to trifles if your having a fancy dinner do. Cointreau also have a website www.cointreau.com where you can read all about how this drink was made and when. You can send people Ecards with a cointreau design on it. or get wallpaper designs for your computer. Or there's plenty of mixer recipes for cocktails to be made, here's an example of one of them. Between the Sheets. 2cl Cointreau 2cl Remy Martin 2cl White Rum 1cl Lime Juice Mix together and add ice and a slice of orange. There are lots of other cocktails and recipes on the website of Cointreau if your interested, but go steady with this stuff as it has a kick like a mule. Have fun x

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                    In this case I'm afraid Jeanette Winterson has got it totally wrong. Oranges are indeed the only fruit. Oranges and plenty of them. Of course I'm not referring to a young woman's sexual awakening - a subject of very little interest to me (aye, right!) - I was merely alluding to my literary prowess in a weak attempt to add some intellectual quality to yet another bevvy review. So what's all this got to do with oranges? Why don't you just read the review and all should become clear. One of the most famous and popular branded liqueurs of all, COINTREAU, is more correctly a variety of Curaçao. What this actually means is that it is a brandy-based spirit that is flavoured with bitter orange peel. When it first appeared in 1849, it was sold under the brand name of Triple Sec White Curaçao (a bit of a mouthfull) but to distinguish their brand from the proliferation of Curaçaos, the Cointreau brothers - Edouard and Adolphe - decided to use their own name. Cointreau's headquarters, as well as a distillery, are located in Angers in the Loire valley in France but it is manufactured elsewhere these days as well. A variety of differing strength versions are made, including a cream variety, but the best-known is the one which comes in the squat, square, dark-brown bottle at 40% proof. Cointreau is a double distillation of grape brandy which is then infused with a blend of bitter green Seville-style oranges from the Caribbean with sweeter varieties from the South of France and Spain. It is then sweetened and aromatized with other ingredients which I am not at liberty to divulge here. ________________________Intermède___________________________ The following joke has only the most tenuous link with this review. Can you spot it? A young Celtic supporter from the east end of Glasgow had fallen in love and decided to take the girl home to meet his family. So, one fine Sunday ev
                    ening the lad, his lady friend and the rest of the family (17 or so people) were gathered around the dining room table when the matriarch of the family asked her, "So, tell me, lass, what's your occupation?" The girl hesitated and said, "Well, Mrs. O'Malley, I'm a prostitute." The lad's mother fainted and was surrounded by a dozen family members who splashed her face with water to bring her around. She returned to her seat and the family calmed down and resumed the meal. At that point the mother asked again, "Forgive me, dearie, I don't think I heard you correctly.... what is your occupation?" Again the girl answered, "Mrs. O'Malley, I'm a prostitute." The mother laughed and said, "Oh, that's a relief! For a moment there I thought you said you were a PROTESTANT!" ____________________________________________________________ Normal service is resumed.... Probably the best way to serve Cointreau is on the rocks, as the coldness dulls some of the sweetness leaving a very refreshing tipple. * THE POUR * The thing that always surprises me about Cointreau is the colour - I expect it to be orange, or a least a golden yellow but it is completely colourless. That's not quite right....at room temperature it's crystal clear but when cooled the spirit becomes cloudy. As you would expect, the dominating aroma is of oranges, bitter oranges, but there's more. I also detect lots of herbal tones and an almost pine resin hint to it. * THE TASTE * This is easy. Oranges. Despite its alcohol content, Cointreau is very deceptively smooth and very sweet. It's almost like eating a fresh, juicy orange, although perhaps biting on a sweetened orange peel would be closer to the mark. It's extremely warming and the herbal aromatics add a nice quali
                    ty to the experience. There is a somewhat bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. * THE VERDICT * Upmarket and sophisticated, Cointreau is a perfect after dinner drink when served slightly chilled. Although it is a pleasant drink on its own, I find it invaluable as a cooking aid. It combines beautifully with other ingredients in an orange sauce for duck. As for desserts, blended into a chocolate mousse or flambeed over crepes, it has no equal! It's very versatile and can be mixed with virtually any other spirit to make dozens of drink recipes, many of which you can find on the official website. Would I drink it again? - Is an orange orange? For more information http://www.cointreau.com/ Thanks for reading, Sláinte ©proxam2002

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                      11.07.2002 00:23
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                      Cointreau, probably the most palatable and hard-hitting liqueur on the face of the planet. It is the most divine tasting drink I have personally ever tasted. To describe the taste I would say that it is a liquid version of a Terry's chocolate orange, only far nicer. History: Cointreau was invented in 1849 by two French brothers, Adolphe Cointreau and Edouard-Jean Cointreau, in the Angers region of (yes you guessed it) France. They made this sublime liqueur from the peelings of various oranges from the farthest corners of the globe. Jamaican orange?s being the main ingredient, but the use of oranges from other parts of the world such as various regions in Spain and Brazil is what gives Cointreau It?s unique flavour. If you read the label then it does tell you that the recipe (which is a well guarded secret by the way) has not changed in over one hundred and fifty years. And despite many attempts to copy this classic drink no one has ever been able to match it?s quality. Packaging: Cointreau comes in a distinctive dark orange bottle, kind of square-ish in shape with smooth rounded edges. The design of the label is also quite attractive with gold and orange writing and finished off with a red ribbon. Profile: Cointreau is as strong as the most potent of spirits, being 40% alcohol it can and will hit you very hard if drunk excessively (highly reccomended). The price is very appealing too, compared to the name brands of Vodka and Whiskey, Cointreau is quite cheap. Being around £14 for a large 35 cl bottle. It will also mix with almost anything, soda, water, and other spirits and liqueurs to form various cocktails. White Lady, Between the sheets and Rolling death being the most popular. You can buy Cointreau as a single, double or triple shot in most pubs and bars and will cost you roughly the same as a shot of vodka, whiskey or brandy. My Experiences with Cointreau: The first time I tried this drink I fell in love with it almost strait away (and after my session I fell strait into bed and threw up all over my pillow). The taste sensation is one of absolute harmony, smooth and classy but with a potent kick that sends a silky judder tingling right down your spine. I bought one for one of my friends last year in our local pub and being quite cocky he slammed it down like a glass of coke. Big mistake, the choking sound and gasps for air were music to my ears. ?What do you reckon then Mall?? I asked ?Cough! Splutter! Yeah man, that is?Cough! Gorgeous?bit strong though Cough!? At least I know he liked it lol. My Summary: Cointreau is a very smooth mellow drink but as stated before, it is also very powerful and should be drunk with the utmost respect. The lasting sweet orange taste remains in the back of your throat for ages and is absolute heaven. It is probably better to drink at home while in a relaxed state of mind as the sensation will be much more enjoyable. A warm fire, some nice relaxing tunes and maybe a member of the opposite sex would all enhance your Cointreau experience. If you are out for a night on the tiles then I?d advise you to stick to your usual Alco pops or ales, due to the high content of alcohol. Thanks for the read. DEANO!

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                        Cointreau is an orange flavoured liqueur drink, which in my opinion has a very unique taste. Two brothers, Edward and Adolphe Cointreau, first made Cointreau in 1849 in France. The result of their efforts was a clear liquid made from both bitter and sweet oranges. The alcohol content is a huge 40 %, which gives it quite a kick. The aroma is very powerful, combining the strong alcohol content with the strong citrus smell. Cointreau is most commonly drunk with lemonade, but is also an excellent base for cocktails. My personal favourite is one part Cointreau mixed with one-part Baileys served with crushed ice. This cocktail does have an ?official? name but I?ll put it in brackets for those of a delicate nature (an orgasm). I always liken the taste of this particular drink to a very potent Terry?s chocolate orange! More recently I discovered a new Cointreau drink. I don?t know if this has a name but on cold winters nights you can?t beat hot chocolate mixed with a dash of Cointreau! Sends you off to sleep nicely! For anyone who may not have seen it on sale before it retails in a very distinctive square shaped brown bottle, always complete with a red ribbon. As you can tell this is one of my favourite tipples. If you haven?t already tried it, go on you could even suggest a new drink combination for me!

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                          Cointreau provides you with a rich and intense taste journey wether served neat, on ice or in cocktails. In 1849, in Angers, France, confectioner Adolphe Cointreau and his brother, Edouard-Jean created a brand new spirit from the fruits of the area. Immediate success led to the founding of the Cointreau distillery in Angers. Edouard-Jean's son, Edouard, had noticed that traditional opaque liqueurs in elaborate bottles were losing favour with the public. He envisaged creating a dramatically different spirit - a crystal-clear liqueur - based on a blend of sweet and bitter orange peels from the most exotic parts of the world. The secret recipe of Cointreau has been passed on generation to generation in the family. Since its creation, Cointreau has remained unique and unchanged. Cointreau is used is many cocktails due to its versatility which is achieved thanks to its rich flavour and aroma. Some of the most popular cocktails are: The Original Margarita, Cointreau Cosmopolitan, Side Car, White Lady, Golden Dream, Kamikaze, Between the Sheets, Cointreau Caïpirinha, B52, Champs Elysées and Mai Tai. Cointreau is packed in a unique bottle that is very much distinguishable from others. It is a square bottle with rounded corners. It is amber in colour and has a red ribbon on the front. This shape and design has remain unchanged since 150 years. A 35cl bottle goes for £9.75 a bottle so it's not as expensive as you might think. Over 800 imitiations have tried to copy Cointreau's bottle or logo and even the liquer itself. However they have all failed miserably. Cointreau is a very unique liquer with a combination of bitter and sweet oranges peels. These oranges are specially grown in several areas of the world. The bitter oranges are grown in the Carribean and the sweet ones are grown in Spain and Brazil. The alcholic content is 40% by volume and has a perfect density. At room temperature the
                          liquid is totally clear but when poured over ice or cooled becomes opaque (frosty). This is due to the oils that are added during the distilling process and is one of the most well guarded secrets of the Cointreau company. The distilling process is a meticulous one and creates a perfect balance. Cointreau is mellow and strong at the same time. You can taste the mellow flavour and simultaneously feel the alcohol. Then the taste of orange peels follow. The balance is exquisite and that is why Cointreau is one of the world's most famous liquers and will remain so for a long time to come.

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                          The classic orange liqueur. Cointreau has been a worldwide legend since its creation in 1849. Its authentic qualities, 150 years heritage, and its presence in virtually every bar in the world, make Cointreau one of the most famous crystal clear spirits.