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Loire Valley | Between the Sheets

Loire Valley mapThe classic orange liqueur Cointreau ($35, 40% abv) is made in the Loire Valley, specifically, a small town called Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, just outside the city of Angers. The distillery has been on this site since 1849, set up by master confectioners Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau. The liqueur has a bright scent and a flavor that mixes candied orange slices and bitter orange peel. It’s a must-have for adding sweetness and fruity flavor to a wide range of cocktails.

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Courtesy Taha Ismail, Requin, Fairfax, Virginia

This cocktail riffs on a classic cocktail with the same saucy name. The original is made with rum, while this full-on French variation ups the brandy and adds gently spiced Benedictine. The Cointreau, however, is a critical component and remains firmly in place for both versions.


1½ ounces Calvados
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce Benedictine
½ ounce lemon juice
Sugar, for rimming


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, and double-strain into a sugar-rimmed coupe glass.

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