Cointreau, one of the world's most celebrated spirits, is pleased to announce the release of a new "Cointreauversial" short film series, starring international fashion icon and queen of burlesque, Dita Von Teese. The provocative episodes give consumers a historical perspective on Cointreau's role in the invention of three of the world's most iconic cocktails, transporting viewers to the time and place of their original creation. Veering from her traditional role on-stage, Dita Von Teese is now in front of the camera to star in three different episodes, each time playing a different character that is integral to the invention of each classic cocktail. The first film, which focuses on the birth of the original margarita recipe with Cointreau, as created by well-known Texas socialite, Margarita Sames, will be released for Cinco de Mayo on May 5, 2010.
As Margarita Sames has expressed, it was in Acapulco in 1948 when, at one of her famed cliffside hacienda parties, she began experimenting with "the drink" that would later be named in her honor. Looking for something refreshing to combat the humid afternoon, she mixed top-shelf tequila, Cointreau – a staple in her bar -and fresh lime juice. Her cocktail was so sensational, that it kept the party going for two full weeks! Not long after Margarita's legendary soiree, the Margarita cocktail caught fire across the globe and is today the most popular cocktail in the United States by measure of sales.
Dita Von Teese is often cited as a muse by famous faces in fashion, lingerie, movies and music, and her talents are now expanding into film. In a departure from her burlesque performances, Von Teese is in full period wardrobe in the Cointreau webisode series. Well known for her fascination with 1940s cinema, specifically Betty Grable, Von Teese's starring role in the classic Cointreau campaign seems a natural transition for the multi-talented starlet.
"Everybody loves the Margarita, but many don't know the story of how this classic cocktail was invented," says international sensation Dita Von Teese. "The Cointreau webisodes provide viewers with historical significance, while maintaining elements of style and sophistication that have come to be so inherent with the Cointreau brand. And remember... it's not a party without Margarita, and it's not a Margarita without Cointreau!"
Justin Weston, International Director for Cointreau says, "Dita truly embodies the 'Be Cointreauversial' campaign, and we're thrilled that she has lent her chic persona and previously unexplored acting abilities to our new viral webisode series. With the release of the videos starring Dita, we are excited to educate our consumers on the stories behind three classic Cointreau cocktails in a stylish, sexy and memorable way."
The viral webisode series will be available for viewing at facebook.com/cointreau and at Cointreau.com, with the first installment, the Cointreau Margarita, going live on Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2010). Consumers should check these sites for regular updates on this webisode, and the release of the second and third short films. Cointreau will also be launching an interactive consumer contest based on all three webisodes this summer; visit Cointreau.com for more information on entering the Cointreau contest.
Here's a quick recipe to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Cointreau.Margarita Sames' Original Margarita
Shake with ice and strain into a salt rimmed Margarita glass and garnish with a lime wedge
Established 160 years ago by the Cointreau family in Angers, France, Cointreau is one of the world's most renowned and distinguished spirit brands. Cointreau's distinctive square‐shaped bottle, with rounded shoulders and warm amber color is recognized worldwide. Cointreau's subtle taste - a perfect balance of bitter and sweet orange peels grown and meticulously selected for their quality - makes Cointreau a key ingredient in some of the most popular cocktails in the U.S., including the Margarita, the Cosmopolitan and the Sidecar. Today, more than 13 million Cointreau bottles are sold worldwide and Cointreau remains the authentic choice of many top bartenders in the smartest and most fashionable bars. Cointreau is imported by Remy Cointreau USA, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Remy Cointreau, SA. For more information visit www.cointreau.us.
About Dita Von Teese
Renowned worldwide for her astounding performances featuring her signature elaborate props and Swarovski adorned costumes, Dita Von Teese is the international queen of Burlesque and a muse to fashion designers worldwide. With the ability to bring pin‐up imagery to life, Dita allows admirers to relive the golden age of femme fatales and glamour girls, while gracing the pages of fashion magazines and starring in events held around the world.