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Peche-Fraise Melange, a Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

Peche-Fraise Melange, a Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

In Life:

This week I’m super excited to be participating as a member of the media in Tales of the Cocktail. This is my first time earning this distinction, and I’m thrilled. I’ve applied for a media pass before, and finally, I am worthy! And it totally makes sense that I’d get a media pass now. I have about 45,000 more people per month visiting my site than I did at this time last year. Amazing how much growth can be achieved when you work on something full time.

But having a media pass to Tales of the Cocktail is not all fun and games. I’m going there to work primarily, and that’s going to involve will power. Which I have. Thankfully. I’m in the middle of another round of “getting back to normal” with my life, and this week will be a huge test. Yes, of course I will drink. But I won’t get drunk. I will be very aware of my alcohol intake level and stay at a low and steady hum. That may not sound fun to some people. But I’m out there to work. To get content to bring back to you fine folks. Because the whole thing is, if I don’t do a great job this year on coverage, why would they even consider giving me a pass next year?

So I’m going to be downtown all week. Having fun. Meeting new people and trying new things. As I said, I’m super excited about this. I’m more excited to test the new bounds of my self-care program. On Monday morning, I started the 12 week course called “The Artist’s Way”. It requires daily input and exercises. It is demanding. But I started this week on purpose. I want to make the most of this week, and I figured this was the best way to do that. I’m going to be slow, steady, and focused. And I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m looking forward to being based downtown for 4 days. That’s the coolest part!

So, what type of content would you like to see me report on? Want to know more about types/brands of liquor? Want to see highlights/summaries of my experiences? Any other ideas? I’m wide open. I have a list of events I’m attending, but I don’t have a firm content plan yet. I figured I’d see what I was able to capture and go from there.

In Cooking:

In honor of Tales of the Cocktail, I’m continuing my cocktail series. On Monday I brought you a Frangelico-spiked Iced Coffee. Today, I bring you something I call Peche-Fraise Melange. Those are fancy French words for a blended peach and strawberry cocktail. The liquor in this cocktail is Cointreau. As part of their summer promotion, I received a complimentary bottle to develop a Cointreau cocktail recipe.

Peche-Fraise Melange, a Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

Since fruit is the bounty of summer, I decided to go with peaches and strawberry. It’s not really strawberry season here any longer in South Louisiana. But I know it is elsewhere. And lucky me, I froze quite a few strawberries back in April, when I was on that strawberry recipe making spree. In this recipe I also used a little agave nectar for sweetness and lime for balance. Acids go a long way in providing brightness to fruity cocktails. To many things, actually. Long live acids!

Key Ingredients for Peche-Fraise Melange, a Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

Side note and one of full disclosure: This wasn’t my original recipe idea. I had some grand plans, let me tell ya. I originally tried to do a muddled cocktail with peach and basil, but it was a flop. It was unpleasant as far as texture goes. It tasted okay, but I couldn’t bring that to you folks. It wasn’t worthy. That happens sometimes, and I’m okay with it. Many things have been scrapped over the years. Some things are just better ideas than actual recipes. But I’d committed myself to doing a cocktail for Cointreau so I had to get creative. That’s when I decided to bring you a blended cocktail.

Speaking of blended, I was able to use my Ninja Mega Kitchen System with this cocktail. I met a rep from Ninja during the BlogHer Food Conference, and they were kind enough to send me a powerful blending machine to play around with. This is my first official recipe using it, but I will do more recipes from time to time, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I’ve used it. It’s a very powerful machine, and one I’m so very glad to have as part of my kitchen appliance collection. Below is a shot of it with the individual serving container top. It also came with a large blender pitcher and a food processing pitcher.

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System - blending the Peche-Fraise Melange

I know many of us think of Cointreau as just an extra ingredient in a Margarita or Cosmopolitan. But it’s much more versatile than that. Perusing their website, I saw over 30 cocktails, each more delicious looking than the last. It’s truly a great summer liqueur and one that’s worthy of a place in any home bar collection. I also know it’s good to cook with. Perhaps I can show you one day with some dessert recipes. I’ll keep that idea in the hopper and work on it. Until then, blend up one (or more) of these Peche-Fraise Melange cocktails, sit back, and enjoy summer. In all its glory.

Peche-Fraise Melange, a Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Peche-Fraise Melange, a Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

This Peche-Fraise Melange is a Culicurious original Cointreau cocktail recipe. It features peaches, strawberries and just a touch of agave nectar and lime.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe yellow peach, chopped (peelings and pit removed first)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 fluid ounce Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon amber agave nectar
  • Optional garnish: peach slice
  • Optional garnish: lime twist

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Serve with optional garnish: peach slice and lime twist.

Prep:5 min

Total:5 min

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Full Disclosure: I received both the bottle of Cointreau and the Ninja Mega Kitchen System as gifts. Nothing specific was required as a result of receiving the products. The content of this post contains opinions that are my own and sincere. This post also contains an Amazon Affiliate link.

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  • that sounds like a fantastic event, Addie! Have fun! And this cocktail looks like just the thing to help kick off the weekend.

    • Thanks, Dara! I’m really having a great time out here. I feel like I’m on a work vacation. I’m sure you know what those are like 😉 Not in the kitchen but immersed in the natural element of inspiration and fun. Cheers! And have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  • Loving what you are doing here with the cocktails and the beer later cause’ in all honesty it’s not something I know about much. Though I do love beer. 🙂 Love the photos and everything about it.

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 I’m glad you’re finding them useful. After attending Tales of the Cocktail this week I am realizing I still have so much to learn about cocktails. But I’m really excited about that!