It’s Friday! Celebratory weekend drinks at sundown are pretty standard in my house and I couldn’t be happier about it. Although a glass of wine or a nice gin & tonic are my usual go-to drinks, I sometimes crave the fabulous glitz of a cocktail.
One of my absolute favourite cocktail ingredients is Cointreau orange liqueur – an iconic triple sec imported from France. While attending a launch event at the Somerset Mall some time ago, the brand team from Cointreau South Africa taught us how to make a classic Cointreau fizz using their product, lemon juice, ice and soda water. It is one of the most refreshing drinks on this planet.
I’ve just added a squeeze of fresh pomegranate juice to this classic cocktail, to turn it a delicate hue of pink. If you don’t like pink drinks (I know a few people), rather substitute it with a shaved ribbon of cucumber or a thinly sliced round of fresh orange.
Ingredients: (for one cocktail)
- about 4-8 blocks of ice
- 2 shots of Cointreau (50 ml)
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- a squeeze of pomegranate juice (optional)
- some soda water to top if up with
Pour in a festive glass and top off with a straw. Voila!
Recipe, food preparation, food styling & text: Ilse van der Merwe
Photography & styling: Tasha Seccombe
This recipe has been featured on The Pretty Blog.