The Opera Glasses Cocktail

Cointreau in front of a poster.
Photo by Tom Arena

Courtesy Nathaniel Smith, bartender, Spoon & Stable, Minneapolis


Credited to Swiss artist Charles Loupot in 1930, this Art Deco image is one of two posters Loupot designed for Cointreau, says Rennert. It features Pierrot, the famed sad clown mime from the commedia dell’arte, as he embraces a bottle of orange liqueur instead of his lost love Columbina. The overall effect is “a wistful, knowing, bitter-sweetness.”

The Cocktail 

This cocktail relies on brandy-based orange liqueur Cointreau for its flavorful base. Meanwhile, egg whites and Greek yogurt provide velvety texture and create a canvas for the edible paint garnish. Edible spray paint is available at most craft and kitchen specialty stores.

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  • 1½ ounces Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce egg whites
  • ¼ ounce crème de cacao (preferably Tempus Fugit Spirits)
  • 1 teaspoon Greek yogurt
  • Edible spray paint, for garnish
  • Paprika oil, for garnish*

In cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake vigorously to froth egg whites. Add ice, and shake again. Strain into chilled coupe glass.

Garnish with spritz of yellow and/or orange edible spray paint, and 2 dots of paprika oil.

* To make paprika oil, combine 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons smoked paprika in jar. Cover and set aside for 24 hours, shaking every few hours. Strain through coffee filter or fine-mesh strainer.

Published on April 5, 2018