Monday, March 5, 2012

Hostess with the Mostess

Cointreau MargaDita recipe:
  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • 1.5 oz Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Monin Rose Syrup
  • 1 pinch Chipotle Spice
Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coup glass. Garnish with floating organic yellow rose petals. For an added kick, add a chipotle and salt rim.
Dita Von Teese’s Tips for Hosting the Perfect Party at Home

On being a hostess.
Because I travel so much I meet lots of people and I love being the hostess! It’s a way of entertaining that I enjoy more than anything. Refinement in its purest form. Keep it simple with one or two cocktail options, plus a drink that requires no effort. Throw in a few appetizers and everyone will be impressed. It’s about atmosphere. If you can choose a few things that you can do really well, that’s what’s important.
On choosing the perfect cocktail for your party.
Choose cocktails that are elegant and unique. I love the classic Cointreau Sidecar…it has a warmth that is divine, plus most people don’t know this classic vintage cocktail, so it’s a delight to serve it at parties.

On serving cocktails to your guests.
I want to remind people how simple it is to mix cocktails at home. Taking time to mix a beautiful cocktail is a glamorous way to honor your guests.
It also depends on your mood and where you are. At home in LA, I like to serve something light and fresh. On the other hand, in Paris, I think of times past, and prefer something warm and rich. I always make cocktails using Cointreau because Cointreau is an original and a classic element in the most historic and most beautiful cocktails. There is simply no substitute! It’s the only thing that ensures a perfectly balanced cocktail and I love its bitter and sweet orange aromas.
On themed parties.
If you’re hosting a special evening or throwing a themed party, choose a cocktail that’s a twist on something traditional. I like to throw Mexican-themed taco parties for my closest friends. On these intimate evenings, I’ll serve traditional Margaritas in addition to my namesake, Cointreau MargaDita. Just serve it in a coup glass with a chipotle and salt rim or prepare a pitcher for easy entertaining with a spicy kick.
On food.
I love making simple but elegant appetizers. I usually choose a selection of savory and sweet things that are fairly simple to make, but the presentation is everything, so I serve them on beautiful antique dishes I find at antique flea markets.
On being a guest.
I think it’s always important to show up with a nice gift for the hostess, something thoughtful and nice that they would appreciate.

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