9 Cointreau Cocktails for Fans of Margaritas, Mimosas, and Cosmopolitans

This orange liqueur adds sweetness to some of our favorite cocktails.

Singapore Sling Cocktail Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Any Margarita maven has a bottle or two of Cointreau stashed away in a cabinet somewhere for impromptu dinner parties or less-than-ideal Wednesdays. While you can't properly make the classic cocktail without this orange-flavored (yet surprisingly clear hued) liqueur, we've also found it to be key in making riffs on some of our brunch-time favorites, like this floral, sweet Orange Liqueur Mimosa as well as in a bright pink, frozen take on the iconic Cosmopolitan. Here are more of our favorite Cointreau cocktails that showcase the sweet, syrupy triple sec.

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Classic Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Styling by Lucy Simon

The sweet, sour, and citrusy Sidecar is a testament to beauty in simplicity with just three core ingredients. Cointreau adds the brightest citrus flavor.

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Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Melissa Gray / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Cocktail savant Toby Cecchini is credited with inventing the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan and this frozen Cosmopolitan that's great for a crowd. Fruity and citrusy, Cecchini's "froze-mopolitan" tastes so much like a delicious fruit punch that you might not notice there's alcohol in it. 

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Classic Margarita

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

The Margarita is one of the most riffed-upon classic cocktails out there, but at its core, this simple drink calls for blanco tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau orange liqueur. 

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Rubino Shakerato

Rubino Shakerato Cocktail

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Vermouth, Cognac, and Cointreau? Count us in.

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Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling Cocktail Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Julie Reiner’s take on the classic tropical cocktail doesn’t stray far from the original, mixing gin, pineapple juice, and bitters, along with a blend of liqueurs she calls Sling Business — a mix of cherry liqueur, Benedictine, homemade grenadine, and Cointreau or triple sec.

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Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal Margarita
Victor Protasio

Smoky mezcal brings depth to a classic margarita. A combination of slightly sweeter Combier and mildly bitter Cointreau balances the floral orange notes in the drink.

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Sour Cherry Mezcal Margarita

Sour Cherry Mezcal Margarita
Photo by Kelsey Hansen / Food Styling by Lauren McAnelly / Prop Styling by Sue Mitchell

This fruity spin on a margarita combines smoky mezcal, citrusy Cointreau, and sweet-tart cherry puree in a vibrant red drink. Bright, pleasantly tart sour cherries are in season for a limited window, so this simple roasted puree is an easy way to preserve their flavor.

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Orange Liqueur Mimosa

Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

We're giving classic mimosas a variation by swapping out the traditional orange juice with splashes of homemade orange syrup and orange liqueur — in this case Cointreau.

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Once Upon a Paris Bar

Once Upon a Paris Bar

Frederick Hardy II / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

This one uses the traditional base ingredients of a a citrus-rich Sidecar made with orange liqueur and freshly squeezed lemon juice, but adds an extra kick with the addition of Irish whiskey.

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