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Family Affair: Cointreau

The Carré Cointreau in Angers, France. Photo© Cointreau courtesy Cointreau Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Cointreau, that unique French liqueur revolving around orange peel has been made for over 170 years in the Carré Cointreau in Angers in the bucolic Anjou region of France by the Cointreau family. The house has just renovated its distillery where visitors, by appointment, can discover the secrets of this mythical French libation, a key ingredient in some of the most famous cocktails in the world. A hall is dedicated to Edouard Cointreau, the creator of the celebrated liqueur of the same name. Here you can enter into his workshop where the distiller’s story is told as well as the tale of the drink. He would travel the world to seek out the finest oranges.

The 19 brass stills in the Cointreau distillery. Photo© Cointreau courtesy Cointreau Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The house’s distillery is revealed with its 19 magnificent copper along with a discovery of the distillation process. In the new mezzanine area, a unique olfactory experience is on the agenda revolving around the precious ingredient of Cointreau, orange peels, both sweet and bitter, as well as the complexity of the liqueur. Next on is a look at the history of the Cointreau family and its roots in Angers as well as a display of the most emblematic adverting posters for Cointreau.

The magical mists inside the Cointreau distillery. Photo© Cointreau courtesy Cointreau Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Today the house is incarnated by Alfred Cointreau, who represents the sixth generation of the family. And the visit winds up with an immersive experience into the history of Cointreau in cocktails 0— it is found in some 350 cocktail recipes perhaps the most famous being the Margarita and the Sidecar—followed by a well-deserved tasting session.
©The Gourmet Gazette

Information and reservations at + 33 2 41 31 50 50
http://www.cointreau.com/us/en/

Dried orange peels used in the distillation of Cointreau. Photo© Cointreau courtesy Cointreau Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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