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Cointreau

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The Cointreau distillery was first established in Angers, France in 1849 by confectioners Adolphe Cointreau and his brother Edouard-Jean. The famous liqueur we still recognise today was created by Edouard Cointreau (son of Edouard-Jean) in 1875 using a secret recipe of bitter and sweet orange peels from all over the world which are then macerated to extract their natural essential oils full flavour and aroma. A controlled distillation in traditional copper stills to achieve a strictly defined alcohol strength is followed by a meticulous blending and refining process to attain a liqueur of perfect quality in brilliance, clarity and flavour. Cointreau has a well balanced taste - strong and smooth at the same time thanks to the orange peels' essential oils. Once ice is added, Cointreau becomes opalescent - which is proof of its richness in essential oils - and the taste and flavour evolves as the ice continues to melt enhancing its rich, aromatic complexity.

Cointreau is 40% ABV and is an essential spirit in classic cocktails such as the Margarita and the White Lady or for something a little bit different - try the Cointreaupolitan.

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Cranberry liqueur

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De Kuyper Cranberry liqueur is made from the extract and juice from the original fruit which are then macerated with pure neutral spirit. This ensures that the liqueur bursts with the fresh flavour of cranberries.

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Crème De Bananes

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The French term ‘Crème de …’ refers to one particular flavour which predominates in the liqueur, not that it contains cream. Crème De Bananes is made using fresh bananas, macerated in pure alcohol, and then flavoured with natural herb essences, brandy and sugar.

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Crème De Cacao - brown

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Carefully distilled spirits are combined with the extract of cacao beans from Africa and vanilla from Madagascar to produce this traditional sweet chocolate flavour liqueur. The adding of caramel enhances the chocolate flavour and dark colour.

De Kuyper Crème de Cacao Brown is 24% ABV.

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Crème De Cacao - white

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Crème de Cacao White produced from the distillate (a purified liquid produced from vapour during distilling) of cacao beans and has a slightly sweeter flavour than the Crème de Cacao Brown. Crème de Cacao White is used to give a more refined cacao flavour to differently coloured cocktails such as the Banana Boat or the Grasshopper.

The styles and tastes of Crème de Cacao Brown and White are very similar – however please check the recipe carefully to see if it specifies one or the other – as the colour may be affected! The white style is much harder to track down and is more likely to be found in top bars than your local supermarket. A cocktail ingredient for the real enthusiast.

De Kuyper Crème de Cacao White is 24% ABV.

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Crème De Cassis

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Like other “crème de” liqueurs, this term comes from the French phrase “crème de la crème” which means “best of the best” and does not mean that the liqueur contains any cream. Crème de Cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur believed to have originated in the Dijon region of France in the 1840s. To make their Crème de Cassis liqueur, De Kuyper use extracts of European blackcurrants which are then carefully blended with base spirits and flavoured with natural herb essences and sugar to provide a deliciously fruity drink. A true “crème” which is thick and syrupy and powerful aromas and flavours of crushed blackcurrants.

De Kuyper Crème de Cassis is 15% ABV.

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Crème De Menthe

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As with other “crème de” liqueurs, this term comes from the French phrase “crème de la crème” meaning the “best of the best” and does not mean the liqueur contains any cream. “Menthe” is the French for mint. To make their Crème de Menthe liqueur, De Kuyper use the oil extracted from fresh mint leaves which is then distilled and infused into a fine spirit. Other ingredients according to De Kuyper’s own recipe are then added – such as sugar and colouring. Once the blend has been made, the mixture is then allowed to marry for several weeks to develop a fuller flavour.

Generally the De Kuyper Crème de Menthe referred to on the in-the-spirit website is the Green style unless otherwise specified. Some liqueur producers make a clear version – often referred to as “white” but this is very difficult to find and is most likely to be found in the collection of an exclusive cocktail bar rather than in your local supermarket.

De Kuyper Crème de Menthe Green is 24% ABV.

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