Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Dipsology


La Maison Cointreau

This week, the historic French house that created triple sec descended on a stunning townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village. La Maison Cointreau was hosted by Mr Alfred Cointreau – the 6th generation of the family business – and also included a full kitchen cocktail set up where guests could mix up their own tipples with mixologist Kyle Ford and industry maven Julie Reiner.

The tour started in the library – with the classic Cointreau cocktail the Sidecar, of course – where Alfred showcased his impressive collection of antique cocktail books. We also saw a demo of their app in which a number of seminal tomes have been digitized. Watch out for more on that coming soon. (In the meantime, Greg at Cocktail Kingdom can probably procure hard copies of just about anything you can think of.)

Next we did a blind tasting of a number of orange liqueurs – Combier, Grand Marnier, standard triple sec and Cointreau – and then it was time to mix up some of our own drinks in the kitchen/apothecary.  Julie Reiner – proprietress of Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge, and the late Lani Kai – was on hand to share her favorite Cointreau cocktails – the Corpse Reviver #2 – here’s the recipe courtesy of the Bartender’s Choice app, our personal favorite for drink recipes:

3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
3/4 oz Cointreau
rinse absinthe

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe, garnish with a lemon twist.

Then Cointreau’s master mixologist Kyle Ford (our great friend who is also half of Ford Mixology Lab) put us to work with an incredible spread of alcohol and fruit.

With my partners in crime Theo Lieberman (of Lantern’s Keep and Milk & Honey) and Emily Cavalier (of Midnight Brunch), we mixed up some Jasmines:

1.5 oz gin
1/2 oz Campari
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz lemon

shaken with ice and strained into a coupe, and a few Fine & Dandys: 

The Fish Tank

The Library

Kyle Ford on Stairs

The Jasmine


1.5 oz gin
1/2 oz lemon
1 oz Cointreau
2 dashes Angostura

shaken with ice and strained into a coupe, is the classic recipe.  We muddled some fresh strawberry and used Peychauds bitters instead of ango because, as Theo says, Peychauds + strawberries = heaven.

All in all, it was a successful afternoon and we emerged somewhat tipsy at 3:30pm.  We still can’t believe we missed Perez Hilton and Dita Von Teese, though. For that, you’ll have to check out their video coverage.  You can also see more of our fun photos on Facebook.

La Maison Cointreau is now going on the road and hitting up Dallas, San Francisco and LA.  Check out their full schedule and reserve your space.



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