Cointreau presents Cocktail Hour

The most important part to a fabulous Cocktail Hour

Cointreau is the iconic orange liqueur at the heart of hundreds of the world’s most celebrated cocktails, including The Original Margarita, The Cosmopolitan, and The Sidecar. The House of Cointreau was founded in 1849 in Angers, France, where Edouard Cointreau perfected the recipe. Blended with sweet and bitter orange peels, Cointreau has a unique, balanced flavor beloved by mixologists and bartenders worldwide.

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Jalapeño Margarita

A whole jalapeño adds a spark of heat to this pitcher of margaritas. Balanced with the unique flavor of Cointreau, as well as tequila, fresh lime juice and a bit of confectioners’ sugar, the drink has the surprising addition of celery leaves to cool the heat and make this the coolest, hottest drink you can shake.


This classic Cosmopolitan—beloved for its tart-sweet flavor and vibrant pink color—is surprisingly easy to make. Simply shake together Cointreau, vodka, cranberry juice cocktail and fresh lime juice for a combination as bright to behold as it is to sip.

Frozen Watermelon Margarita for Two

Sweet, juicy watermelon adds a refreshing twist to the ultra-popular classic frozen margarita. With a bold pop of color, it’s both striking and refreshing, thanks to its base of Cointreau, tequila, lime juice and just enough confectioners’ sugar and salt to make the flavors pop.

The Original Margarita

The Original Margarita, a globally loved cocktail, is the perfect drink to make for cocktail hour at home. It was first created in 1948 in Acapulco, Mexico, by chic socialite Margarita Sames. Her Margarita cocktail recipe quickly became a favorite among her friends and 70 years later, the popularity has only grown. This classic cocktail requires only three simple ingredients: Cointreau, tequila, and lime.

The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan drink is a classic cocktail for a reason. This blush pink beauty is both visually beautiful and simple to make. The Original Cosmopolitan cocktail was created by Toby Cecchini and is made of Cointreau orange liqueur, citrus vodka, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice. These ingredients seamlessly blend together for the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and citrus taste.

Cointreau - The Art of the Mix

Discover The Art of the Mix with Cointreau. This iconic orange liqueur is at the heart of countless classic cocktails including The Original Margarita, The Cosmopolitan, and The Sidecar. Crafted with a blend of sweet and bitter orange peels, Cointreau is key for a perfectly balanced cocktail.

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Inspired cocktail recipes gallery

Discover cocktail recipes for every occasion. From beloved classics to refreshing new twists, you'll find the perfect recipe for your next cocktail hour.

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The Perfect Bite: Cocktail Hour Appetizer Pairings

Cocktail Hour Hosting Tips

Mix it up

Prep ahead to maximize enjoyment and minimize bar duties. Be prepared with shakers of various sizes to accommodate single-serve and multi-portion mixes and stock all the bar tools you’ll need for serving up your guests’ cocktail hour favorites.

Form with Function

Impress your guests with a simple yet dramatic display of citrus bowl filled with oranges, lemons, and limes. It serves as the perfect centerpiece while providing easy access to fresh garnish and citrus juice for mixing.

Season’s eatings

Think beyond savory appetizers; pair cocktails with summer’s sweetest stars: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cherries, blackberries, peaches, raspberries, nectarines, and pluots.

Make it Memorable

Turn your cocktail hour into an unforgettable event. Add a personal touch with printed or hand-written cocktail recipe cards for guests to take home.

Bring Cocktail Hour Home With Cointreau

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