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DRINKS: BSF Visit The Cointreau Fizz Garden

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Cointreau- famous for cocktails, fashion, Dita Von Teese, and now horticulture.  Yes, you read correctly, last month the French liqueur set up the Cointreau Fizz Garden, a secret pop-up bar created to showcase their new cocktail creation, the Cointreau Fizz.  Located in a former bank in the heart of Brussels, I was invited to Belgium to discover the secret and couldn’t wait to board the Eurostar to get my fingers green.

The garden has been created by renowned floral designer Thierry Boutemy and when the invited media step inside, we were all blown away by the beautifully arranged flowers, garden furniture, and more importantly, a wall of Cointreau bottles arranged around the perimeter.

We are welcomed by 26 year old owner Alfred Cointreau, a descendant of Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau whom started the company in 1849.  Despite his young age, he has done wonders with Cointreau and has reinvented it as a fashionable spirit for a new generation of cocktail lovers.

This new direction is celebrated in the statement that is The Cointreau Fizz.  A cocktail made with 3 base ingredients; Cointreau, lime juice, sparkling water and simple enough to make at home.  It has been created everyone can put their own twist on it by adding and changing ingredients.  After much experimentation *hic* and handy tips from master distiller Bernadette Langlais, I found my perfect blend with 3 parts Cointreau,2 parts sparkling water, 1 part lime juice, and 1 part elderflower juice.

Bernadette Langlais explains how to create Cointreau

The garden party went into the early hours with Cointreau Fizzes of all colours, shapes and sizes sampled and you too have the chance to enjoy the Cointreau Fizz experience at the London Garden Parties on Tuesday 11, 18, 25 June and 2 July from 6pm-10pm @ The Skyroom in London Bridge.  Register at


The Cointreau Fizz Recipe


50ml Cointreau
1/2 lime
100ml of soda water


Into the glass squeeze the wedges of ½ lime, fill the glass with ice and add Cointreau and top off with soda water

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