a pair & a spare

apairandasparediy.com · Apr 23, 2015


For those of you who know me (even just in that internet way that seems to mean so much these days), you’ll know that I’m all about a yummy cocktail. I mean, what Friday afternoon isn’t complete without a raised glass – or for that matter a raised mason jar/tin cup/enamel jug? You can imagine, therefore, that when Cointreau asked me to host a little mid fashion week afternoon tea at the Grounds of Alexandria and create my own take on their simple Cointreau Fizz cocktail (Cointreau, lime, soda), I couldn’t say no. After much taste testing and lots of umming and ahhing over flavours (I gave this WAY too much thought) I decided on this fragrant and delightful rose water version, it was perfectly matched to the ridiculously gorgeous green house setting (seriously).

The best part of the day? I invited along a few of my friends, one of which had been putting up with me on their couch all week and was definitely due some cocktails and cake! Read on for the tutorial and a few pics of what turned out to be a most memorable afternoon.


  • 30 ml of Cointreau
  • A teaspoon of rose water
  • Soda water
  • Two teaspoons of raspberry juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Flowers and pegs for garnish

For the raspberry juice, we simply squashed some raspberries and used the liquid.

How to:

1. Fill your glass with ice.

3. Add the Cointreau, rose water, raspberry juice and lime juice.

4. Muddle/mix with a spoon.

5 . Top with soda water.

For all you flower addicts out there, I think this cocktail would be just as delicious with orange blossom water or lavender essence instead of the rosewater.

We added a sprig of flowers and used a peg to secure, because, why not?

This post is in collaboration with Cointreau, thanks guys for such a lovely time!

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