Back during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, my cocktail of the week was the Cointreau Blush.
Unlike many cocktails, which are created in a shaker with ice, this is what's known as a 'built' cocktail because each of the ingredients is layered, one on top of the other, into the glass.
The first step is to get yourself a tall glass and fill it with a generous quantity of ice. Then you add a measure of Cointreau, fill the glass almost up to the top with pink grapefruit juice, then add a dash of soda water. To finish the drink you squeeze a decent wedge of lime into the glass, dropping it into the top as a garnish.
The top tip when making built cocktails is to make sure your mixers are pre-chilled. Because they don't get shaken up with the ice they can take longer to chill from room temperature - and nobody enjoys a warm cocktail!
Our mixologist said the flavour is very similar to the cocktail 'Sex on the Beach' and recommended substituting the grapefruit juice for cranberry juice for a fresher taste. He also said you can swap the soda water for sparkling mineral water or tonic water. I wish we could have taken him home with us for the family pool parties.
Prepare a long glass with ice.
Fill the glass almost to the top with pink grapefruit juice.
Add a dash of soda water.
Add a squeeze of lime.
For a non-alcoholic version you could try substituting the Cointreau for a few drops of orange flower water (available from Middle Eastern specialist shops) to taste.
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