Dita Von Teese Cointreau MargaDita

Dita Von Teese Delivers a Spicy Smack, Takes Her Margarita on the Rocks

“Life is too short to have badly-made cocktails.” You know her as a burlesque legend and retro hollywood glam gal, but who knew that Dita Von Teese was also a fountain of such cocktilian wisdom? As the spokesperson for Cointreau she stands at the intersection of striptease and finely balanced libations. When she’s not in a Champagne coupe, we found out just what she likes to drink out of them.

TTG: Given the obvious connection between burlesque and Champagne, what is your favorite?
DVT: I love Piper-Heidsieck because it’s a nice Champagne at a reasonable price. I love it with a dash of violette or rose syrup or poured over ice, which is called “une piscine” in France.

TTG: Flute or coupe?
DVT: I collect antique Champagne coupes. (Of course she does).

TTG: Please describe the perfect margarita:
DVT: The perfect margarita includes three essential ingredients: Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. I refuse to drink margaritas made with a mixer or simple syrups. In fact I’ve been known to mix my own at the bar by asking for a handful of limes with the correct measures of Cointreau and silver tequila. I like mine on the rocks, no salt.

TTG: As a glamorous lady who imbibes, how do you handle the very unglamorous lipstick-on-the-rim-of-the-glass problem?
DVT: Personally, I don’t mind leaving my mark; I think it’s quite chic! But matte lipstick is the best way to keep lipstick in place.

The “MargaDita”

Dita’s Inspiration: I wanted to keep the integrity of the original margarita recipe while adding a personal touch. The juxtaposition of floral notes with spicy elements makes for a seductive twist: aromatic Monin Rose Syrup for a hint of floral, feminine perfume and a dash of chipotle powder for an unexpected spicy smack.

1 oz Cointreau
1 oz silver Tequila
1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz Monin Rose Syrup
1 pinch chipotle powder mixed with kosher salt

Rim coupe glass with chipotle salt and chill. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the chilled coupe glass and garnish with a yellow rose petal.