|Country of origin||Saumur, France|
|Alcohol by volume||15% to 40% |
|Color||Clear, golden, blue|
Triple sec, originally Curaçao triple sec, is a strong, sweet and colorless orange-flavored liqueur. It is a variety of Curaçao liqueur, an orange-flavoured liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter and sweet orange.
The etymology of "triple sec" is unclear. The word sec in French means "dry", and the language received it from the Classical Latin word, siccus and the cognate Classical Latin verbal infinitive, siccare, which means "to dry; to dry up; to make dry; to remove moisture." (as in, for example, dessicate). Triple sec may refer to the spirit being distilled three times, having triple the flavor, being three times as dry as other spirits, or it could just be a marketing gimmick.
Triple sec may be consumed neat as a digestif or on the rocks, but is more typically used as an ingredient in a variety of cocktails such as sangria, margarita, Kamikaze, White Lady, Long Island Iced Tea, Sidecar, Skittle Bomb, Corpse Reviver #2 and Cosmopolitan.
The Combier distillery claims that triple sec was invented in 1834 by Jean-Baptiste Combier in Saumur, France. However, Combier was more famous for its élixir Combier, which contained orange but also many other flavorings.
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