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Photos: La Maison Cointreau San Francisco Debut with Dita Von Teese

Cointreau and the International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, hosted the exclusive San Francisco debut of La Maison Cointreau—a first-hand discovery of the true art of cocktail making and entertainment—near San Francisco's Design District. The private, VIP launch event brought the history and mystique of the iconic, French orange liqueur to life, as guests embark on an unforgettable voyage through a series of elaborately-designed rooms filled with celebration and surprises at every turn.

Guests were treated to special performances by Cointreau Ambassador Dita Von Teese; French singer/accordionist Nicole Renaud; chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo; glass player Johnny Rodgers; and DJ Jonjon Battles.

The venue featured a labyrinth of experiences, beginning with a meticulously curated library of libations where Alfred Cointreau—sixth generation family member—spoke of Cointreau's rich history, its beginnings in Angers, France in 1849 and its inclusion in some of the very first cocktail recipes ever created. Enchanted attendees also participated in a hands-on cocktail making class with Cointreau's Master Mixologist, Kyle Ford.

At the magic hour, the Mistress of Ceremonies led the way into the last stop of the tour—a French boudoir-inspired ballroom echoing with Parisian chansons. With a myriad of extraordinary and unique performances, guests ended their night of exploration with a toast to an unforgettable evening, courtesy of Cointreau.

La Maison Cointreau is free and open for its final experience tonight. Visit www.LaMaisonCointreau.com to sign up and for more information.

Photos: Hardy Wilson for Drew Altizer Photography