You know what I am talking about, Triple sec or Curaçao if you like to sound fancy! The stuff that Chili's has been up charging us for in our giant sugar town presidential margaritas for years. Originally produced on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea, it is a liqueur (pronounced like the band The Cure would be announced at Pitchfork in Paris. “Next on stage….Le Cure!” le clap le clap le clap.) flavored with the dried peels of Valencia oranges that mutated under the arid island climate and became bitter and unable to be eaten. Curaçao is not AOC protected in any way and can be made anywhere in the world as expensively or as cheaply as possible. Everyone always expects it to be sickeningly sweet yet it is actually very dry in flavor. The orange tricks the tongue as sweetness. It is normally clear or golden but occasionally a little bit of E133 Brilliant Blue finds its way into a bottle and a very unappetizing product is created with no change to taste. The base can either be a column distilled neutral grain spirit or a pot distilled spirit like grape brandy. A touch of sugar is added with the orange flavoring and viola! Orange liqueur.
Triple Sec on the other hand calls France its home and was originally made with less sugar than Curaçao. To break down the word really quickly “Sec” means dry and “triple” is entirely marketing and has nothing to do with level of product or how many times it was distilled. Dry #3 just didn't have the same ring to it as Triple Sec. Orange you glad I explained all of that.
On the market there are a bazillion orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier (blended with cognac), Bols, Cointreau, Combier, Clement Creole, Mandarine Napoleon and more. At my house though, I keep the plain bottle of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao. It is more expensive than Bols or the Marie Brizard brand and cheaper than Cointreau. It is a must have and can be drank neat after a meal if you are in the mood. You should go ahead and pick up a bottle of Cointreau also. I think of it as another ingredient all together and sometimes I will use both in the same drink.
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