Triple sec

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Triple sec
Triple Sec.jpg
Country of originFrance
Introduced19th century
Alcohol by volume15% to 40%[1]
ColorClear, golden, blue

Triple sec, originally Curaçao triple sec, is a type of strong, sweet and colorless orange-flavored liqueur. It is a variety of Curaçao liqueur, an orange-flavored liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter and sweet oranges.[2]

"Sec" is the French word for dry. The etymology of the term "triple sec" is unclear.[2][3][4]

Triple sec may be consumed neat as a digestif, or on the rocks. However, it 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.[5] However, the Combier distillery was more famous for its élixir Combier, which contained orange but also many other flavorings.[6]

According to Cointreau, its orange liqueur was created in 1875.[4]

Triple sec was certainly widely known by 1878; at the Exposition Universelle of 1878 in Paris, several distillers were offering "Curaço [sic] triple sec", as well as "Curaço doux".[7]

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  1. ^ "Triple Sec". Bar None Drinks. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b English, Camper. "Orange You Glad You Know This?". Fine Cooking. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ Dietsch, Michael. "The Serious Eats Field Guide to Orange Liqueur". Serious Eats. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Cointreau". Rémy Cointreau. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Original Combier". Combier. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Les liquoristes saumurois" in Saumur jadis, anonymous Web publication at [1] cites Richard Gasnier, Les liquoristes saumurois de 1830 à 1910, mém. de maîtrise, Angers, 2000, B. U. de l'U.C.O., 15 747 ; François Bouyssi et Isabelle Emeriau, "James Combier (1842–1917 ). Essai biographique...", S.L.S.A.S.,, 1992, pp. 46–89 ; Alain Mariez, "Un zeste d'orange, deux doigts d'ambition", L'Anjou, décembre 1995, pp. 70–77 ; Christelle Couvreux, Marie Bardisa, La Distillerie Combier. Saumur, Itinéraires du Patrimoine, 1999.
  7. ^ The Lancet Analytical Commission, "Report on the Food Products exhibited in the French and English Departments of the Universal Exhibition of Paris", The Lancet, September 21, 1878, p. 417f.