Dita Von Teese and Cointreau Kick Off Summer at Ku de Ta in Dallas!

Dita von TeeseWhat better way to kick off summer than with the International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, and Cointreau cocktails at the newly opened, members-only Dallas venue Ku de Ta.  Clad in a vintage floral dress and vintage jewelry with gorgeous Christian Louboutin heels, the star posed for pictures and relaxed poolside in the VIP area.

After the party had started, Dita grabbed the mic making an impromptu toast (with Cointreau Luxe Margarita in hand) and introduced a special performance by synchronized swimming sensations, the Aqualillies.  Beautiful and enchanting, the audience was captivated by the three-song choreographed routine in an around the pool, as the ladies donned of-the-moment 1950s-styled swimsuits. 

Not just kicking off summer, last week’s soiree also paid homage to Margarita Sames, the bon vivante Dallas socialite who created the original Cointreau Margarita recipe in 1948 while vacationing at her Acapulco cliffside hacidienda.  Just like the Dallas festivities, Sames celebrated her Cointreau cocktail creation with a pool party fete that was rumored to last for two weeks straight!

The delectable Cointreau drinks on hand included the Original Margarita, Luxe Margarita, Cointreaupolitan, Cointreau Lime & Soda and Palomita (recipes below).  Party goers were the first to experience an exclusive new summer cocktail program that will travel to various locations and poolside events in the Dallas area this summer (lucky Texans!).  Starting this weekend, Cointreau is rolling out bar carts and a pop-up bar program that will make its way to 25 various bars and restaurants allowing Texas residents to sample hand-crafted cocktails made by their favorite local bartenders.  Scheduled events will be held at Hotel Zaza on Saturday, June 15th, Primo’s on Tuesday, June 19th and Chimy’s Fort Worth Friday, June 22nd.  Additional parties will take place at DISH, Katy Trail Ice House and The Gaylord Texan, Belmont, Stoneleigh, Joule and W hotels.

The Original Margarita

2 ounces Cointreau
2 ounce Blanco tequila
1 ounces Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Garnish: Salt and Lime wheel

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Shake and strain into a Margarita glass.

Luxe Margarita

1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce Blanco Tequila
½ ounce Lime juice
Champagne (Float)
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Garnish: Peychaud's float, red rose petal

Shake Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice with ice and strain into a chilled flute.  Top with Champagne and bitters.

Cointreau Palomita

1 ½ ounces Cointreau
½ ounces fresh lime juice
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice

Add all ingredients to an iced highball and briefly stir.


1 ½ ounces Cointreau
½ ounce fresh lime juice
3 ounces cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to an iced highball and briefly stir.

Cointreau, Lime & Soda

2 ounces Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Club Soda
Garnish: Lime wedge

Combine Cointreau and lime juice in a highball glass and top with Club Soda.  Stir briefly.



**Photos courtesy Jonathan Zizoo, Getty Images