This holiday season Cointreau tapped four tastemakers to unveil the brand's first Designer Cocktail Series. Actress Olivia Culpo, celebrity chef Elizabeth Chambers, street artist Bradley Theodore, and fashion designer Marissa Webb each had a hand in the new collection and shared their ultimate entertaining tips with us—centered around their special collaborative cocktail.
To make Olivia Culpo's Red Carpet Cosmo, vigorously shake three-quarter ounces of Cointreau, two ounces vodka, three-quarter ounces of fresh lime juice, and a spoonful of raspberry jam in a shaker, and strain into a coupe glass with ice. Garnish with candied ginger.
“My number one entertaining tip is ‘let the cocktail shine’—the perfect cocktail can elevate any gathering into something extraordinary. I love the color and style of the classic Cosmopolitan, and I’ve created an unexpected twist with The Red Carpet Cosmo. The sweet flavor paired with the bright hue is the perfect mix for a beautiful evening.”
The Gold Street Margherita can be made by combining half an ounce of Cointreau, two ounces of blanco tequila, one ounce of fresh lime juice, and half an ounce of cucumber syrup. After shaking, strain over ice. For an artful rim, coat the rim of the glass with ground black sesame, salt, and gold flakes.
“I approach creating cocktails with Cointreau in the same fashion as my art. I start with a great base—the canvas or in the case of a cocktail, Cointreau—and add my own creativity. My go-to is The Original Margarita, and we took it up a notch with The Gold Street Margarita, where we added a salted rim with black sesame and gold flakes. Black and gold is a classic color combination that I love for the holidays.”
In a shaker, mix an ounce of Cointreau and VSOP with half an ounce of fresh lemon juice and fresh grapefruit juice. Strain into a coupe glass with a lavender-infused sugar rim and garnish with a grapfruit half.
“My mantra for hosting is don’t rush and put love into everything you create—especially your cocktails! When I created The Lavender Sidecar with Cointreau for the Designer Cocktail Series, I approached it in a similar way to how I bake—I enjoyed every step. I knew I wanted to make it special, so I started with Cointreau and mixed fresh ingredients and embellishments like a lavender sugar rim.”
To make Marissa Webb's signature cocktail, shake two ounces of Cointreau infused with jalapeño and three-quarter ounces of fresh lime juice together before straining over ice and topping with soda and garnish. For added flair, dip the rims of your glasses in cilantro and salt.
"It’s a nice touch to have a special cocktail recipe for any holiday occasion. From styling to entertaining, I always gravitate towards classics with a twist. The Jalapeño Fizz is my spicy take on the classic Fizz with an unexpected cilantro salted rim.”