Athena Calderone and Cointreau Host a Private Dinner in Dumbo for Eye-Swoon

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Continuing in its tradition of supporting creative individuals, Cointreau partnered with Eye-Swoon founder Athena Calderone for a beautifully prepared dinner party at her home in Dumbo. Spilling onto the terrace, guests and friends like Cynthia Rowley, Jennifer Fisher, Mara Hoffman, and Pari Ehsan, enjoyed bites by Franny’s chef Jonathan Adler — a favorite of Calderone’s — and signature Cointreau Rickey cocktails. Said Calderone of the evening, “I’m incredibly grateful to Cointreau and to this partnership because I’ve been dreaming of putting forth an Eye-Swoon dinner, and they’ve really allowed me to create this beautiful environment. The brand’s philosophy is right in line with what I do.”

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Photos by Winnie Au

WHIT and Cointreau Create an Exciting Art Partnership at NYFW

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For NYFW, Cointreau teamed up with WHIT’s creative director Parker Argote and designer Whitney Pozgay to host a gathering in WHIT’s pop up gallery space, showcasing WHIT’s spring summer 2015 collection alongside the art that inspired the pieces. WHIT and Cointreau share a passion for perfection and quality, and support for the creative community. WHIT brought in artists like Jill Galarneau, Gordon Holden, Amanda Jasnowski and Mary Matson, and Parker Argote created a print specially for Cointreau.

Cointreau Launches Its Creative Class Program

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For over a century, French liquor brand Cointreau has commissioned famous designers, cinematographers and artists to capture the essence of the spirit through their unique mediums being one of the first companies to work closely with such creative individuals in order to develop advertisings and its timeless aesthetic.

This fall, the iconic house is returning to its roots by forging new relationships with luminary young creatives who are changing their own industries. The curated group includes Kyle DeWoody (co-founder of Grey Area Art Boutique), Athena Calderone (interior designer and Eye-swoon founder), Kate Schelter (illustrator) and Whitney Pozgay (fashion designer) who collaboratively will bring to life a series of highly personal art-and home oriented events that are inspired by the famous liquor — from gallery openings to pétanque lessons. Check back each month to follow their journeys — you might just learn how to mix up a killer Cointreau Rickey. Santé!

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Cointreau and BlackBook’s Spooky Chic Halloween

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It’s not easy being spooky or chic, but luckily, we’re here to help. Introducing Cointreau’s Spooky Chic Halloween, a nationwide celebration throughout Halloween week. Check out some of the photos in Boston (Flann O’Brien’s), Chicago (NV Penthouse Lounge, Crimson), Dallas (Manhattan Lounge, Candle Room, Jorge’s Tex Mex, Vice), LA (Next Door Lounge), New York (Hudson Terrace, Katra, Taj, Yerba Buena), Miami (Blue Martini, Blue Martini Boca, El Vato, Solita Restaurant, Town Kitchen & Bar), San Francisco (Marinitas), and Washington DC (Lounge 201, Blackbyrd, District Underground).

What A Cointreauversial Teese!

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Dita Von Teese stares through the crowd into the spotlight as she gyrates slowly in front of a giant martini glass filled with what looks like antifreeze. She is weighed down by jewels that shimmer over her curves, of which there are many. She slowly removes her corset-like torso clamp to reveal the skin underneath. It’s perfect, the skin, save for a few telling marks left behind by the clothes she is no longer wearing. Ogling, despite myself, I spill the remaining Cointreau Teese I’ve been sipping-guzzling on my shirt. The performance continues, and soon, Teese is giving herself a spongebath. I’ve never in my life seen an audience so rapt. Under lascivious lighting at the Angel Orensanz Foundation—a former synagogue equal parts neo-gothic and “Friederichwerdeschekirche”—Teese wriggles and writhes, her smile forced but warm. Anachronisms are at play, and yet, somehow not. Nobody pays much heed, however, because the drinks are delicious (click the jump for Teese’s recipe), the performer sublime. And, apparently the martini glass was filled with neither antifreeze nor Cointreau. It was Mr. Bubbles.

1 ½ oz. Cointreau ¾ oz. apple juice ½ oz. Monin violet syrup ½ oz. fresh lemon juice

Shake, strain, and garnish with sequins, feathers, or pasties.