Cointreau Coffee Recipe: Enjoy Espresso with a Punchy Citrus Flavour

1 serve




  • 1.4 oz/40 ml espresso coffee
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • Tonic water, to taste
  • 0.7 oz/20 ml Cointreau liqueur
  • A twist of orange peel, to garnish
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Cointreau Coffee Recipe: Enjoy Espresso with a Punchy Citrus Flavour

The fusion of espresso and Cointreau creates one of our favourite liqueur coffees – and we’re sure that it’ll soon be one of yours too, thanks to this simple yet sophisticated recipe.

As the saying goes, opposites attract. Cointreau coffee is a delightful combination of sweetness and astringency, crispness and smoothness. Served with ice, it’s both cooling and gently warming. Partly relaxing, partly stimulating, this orange-flavoured liqueur coffee is a delicious, alcoholic drink that’s an asset to any dinner party or al fresco supper.

As a beverage that truly stirs the senses, Cointreau coffee calls for a strong, aromatic, rich cup of joe. But don’t worry – an expensive, complicated espresso machine isn’t required. You can brew satisfying coffee simply and swiftly on your stove in the Chambord® Espresso Maker. What’s more, our Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder features a special espresso setting to help you achieve the perfect grind.

Many of our carefully crafted coffee glasses and cups are ideal for serving this iced drink. Their eye-catching, double-walled design means that they can keep your Cointreau coffee at its optimum temperature for longer than ordinary drinkware. Why not try one of our small Assam Glasses or Skål Glasses? Alternatively, head out onto the sunny patio and sip your drink from the Pavina Outdoor Tumbler – it has the advantage of being shatterproof. If you’d prefer something with a handle, the Bodum® Canteen Cup is an excellent option.

By decorating your Cointreau coffee with a twist of orange peel, you’re adding not just a burst of colour but a zingy flavour and aroma too. If you’ve only encountered citrus twists in upmarket bars before, you’ll be pleased to hear that they’re easy to create at home. The technique is no more difficult than peeling an apple.

You just need to hold a washed, unwaxed orange firmly in one hand while slowly drawing a channel knife (if you don’t have one of those, a vegetable peeler will do) across it with the other. Avoid pressing down too hard – you only want the top layer of orange peel, not the white pith. A narrow strip that’s about three or four inches long is ideal.

The orange twist should curl naturally, but for a more defined shape, wind it tightly around a drinking straw for a minute or so. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Cointreau’s citrus notes.

As with any alcoholic beverage, always remember to drink responsibly. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the Cointreau with fresh orange juice.

Step by Step
  1. Allow the espresso to cool for several minutes, so that it’s just warm instead of piping hot.
  2. Meanwhile, place the ice cubes in a stylish, sturdy glass or chic, transparent cup. Choosing drinkware with flair will help you to highlight the special nature of the beverage you’re making.
  3. Pour a dash of tonic water over the ice. This enables you to tailor the drink to your individual preferences, as, of course, the more water you add, the more diluted the overall flavour will be when the recipe is complete. (If you’re new to liqueur coffees, we suggest adding more rather than less, as they can taste rather strong.)
  4. Add the Cointreau followed by the espresso.
  5. Gently squeeze the orange peel over the drink to ‘awaken’ its fragrant, fruity oils before draping it over the side of the glass/cup.
    Now the Cointreau coffee is ready for you to enjoy!

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