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Cointreau launches Cosmos for a Cause in wake of pandemic

Cointreau, the French orange liqueur, has teamed up with the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) in the US to bring back Cosmos for a Cause, a programme designed to save restaurants in the long recovery from Covid-19.

Cointreau cosmos for a cause

From now until 31 December, Cointreau will donate a portion of the proceeds of each Cosmopolitan ordered from over 1,200 locations nationwide to the IRC.

Participating bars and restaurants can be found on the virtual Cosmopolitan Heat Map. Up to US$100,000 will be donated by Cointreau to the programme helping to save local restaurants, so make like Carrie Bradshaw and start ordering those Cosmos!

If you fancy something a little different, Tom Colicchio, chef and founding member of the IRC, is offering fresh takes on the classic cocktail at his restaurants in New York City. Colicchio’s latest concoction, Jojo’s Cointreau Cosmo, is a spiced and frothy rendition on the original.

And for those not local to the NYC area, Colicchio’s recipe can be found below, so you can mix up your own homemade Cosmo day or night.

Jojo’s Cointreau Cocktail

Tom Colicchio’s Exclusive Cosmopolitan Recipe 


.75 oz Cointreau 

2 oz Vodka 

.5 oz Lime Juice 

.5 oz chai ginger syrup (instructions below) 

.75 oz Egg Whites 

2 dashes of Cranberry Bitters 


To make chai ginger syrup: Stir ½ cup sugar and ½ cup of water in a saucepan over the stove until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot. While still hot, add 1 chai tea bag and one tablespoon of fresh minced ginger. Let steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool.  

To mix cocktail: Add egg whites, lime juice, chai ginger syrup and cranberry bitters to a shaker. Shake without ice for about 15 seconds. Add Cointreau, vodka and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.  

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