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Triple Sec and Cointreau Liqueurs

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Triple Sec Cocktails

Triple sec is orange-flavored liqueur that varies greatly in quality. Cointreau and Combier are two of the oldest and most trusted premium brands available, and there are many that are considerable lower in both price and quality. This liqueur is often clear-colored, though some with a brandy base may be golden.

Sec translates from French to mean 'dry' and triple sec is often thought to mean triple dry, though in this sense it often means that the liqueur is triple distilled.

Cointreau Cocktails

Cointreau (pronounced kwahn-troh is a brand name for the most well-known premium triple sec liqueur. It's exceptional smoothness and crisp orange flavor makes it ideal for cocktails and this is why it is often called for by name. The recipes below fall into this category, listing Cointreau as the suggested orange liqueur. 80 proof (40% alcohol/volume)

Visit Cointreau's website.

Combier Cocktails

Combier is the 'other' premium triple sec that claims to have been the first of its kind. This French liqueur was first produeced in 1834 by Jean-Baptiste Combier and is not as well known in the United States because it only recently became available here. It is distilled three times and flavored with three varieties of bitter and sweet oranges. Combier Original has a neutral spirit base and Royal Combier blends the original with V.S.O.P. Cognac. Combier Original: 80 proof (40% alcohol/volume, Royal Combier: 76 proof (38% alcohol/volume) Visit the Combier website

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