I should probably be ashamed of using the recipe I have found on my bottle of Cointreau and even more ashamed of confessing it. However, I have two strong arguments for my defense. First, I have only drawn my inspiration from this recipe instead of copying it and, secondly, the flavour was so good I couldn’t resist sharing with you my discovery.
For those who are not familiar with Cointreau, it’s a French orange liqueur, very often used in cocktails (such us Cosmopolitan). I buy it quite often because we use it in different cocktails (for example I substitute Triple Sec with it in Margarita) and one of us, a real Cointtreau freak, drinks it on its own, on the rocks. The other one choses Grand Marnier on the rocks and I let you guess which one I am .
Anyway, Cointreau is always there and for the last several months the producer has been putting a small paper “hood” on the bottle with a recipe called “Cointreaupolitan”. I usually look down on such marketing actions and try to ignore the recipes, but last week I decided to read it attentively and… it actually sounded strangely appealing. In fact the recipe was an alteration of Cosmopolitan, without vodka and with lemon juice instead of lime juice (as a quick reminder, Cosmopolitan is vodka + Cointreau + cranberry juice + lime juice). I didn’t have cranberry juice, but there was a punnet of “dying” red currants in my fridge and I decided to transform those into juice and try as a cranberry replacement.
If you are a fan of Cosmopolitan and, in general, slightly sour drinks, all I can do is strongly recommend this one. The cocktail consists only of two ingredients (or three if you have sweetened juice and add lemon juice), but the taste is surprisingly complex. Since my juice didn’t contain any sugar (cranberry juice usually does), I skipped the lemon juice.
Preparation: 5 minutes (or more if you use fresh red currants and make the juice on your own)
Ingredients (serves one):
7 cl unsweetened red currant juice (or about 100 g fresh or frozen red currants) or 5 cl sweetened red currant juice + 2 cl lemon juice
5 cl Cointreau
If you use red currants, put them in a pan with a couple of spoons of water. Bring to boil on high heat and, stirring wait until the juice forms. Chill the juice well before using in a cocktail (put into the fridge).
Put the red currant juice and Cointreau (and lemon juice if you use sweetened juice) in a shaker.
Shake well and pour into the glass. Add some ice (you can also shake the mixture with the ice and leave it in the shaker).