Cointreau is a producer of Triple Sec, a type of orange liqueur. The history of Cointreau dates back to 1875, when Edouard Cointreau, son of a distillery owner in Angers, France, first distilled a clear spirit based on the maceration of dried bitter and sweet orange peels.
While Cointreau was not the first Triple Sec to be distilled, it is certainly the most popular, even though the words Triple Sec were dropped from the label years ago.
The Cointreau brand was bought in 1989 by Remy Martin, a producer of Cognac.
Cointreau is a clear, orange scented and flavored spirit that is 80 proof. It louches a bare opalescent white with the addition of water. Cointreau has a very pure, delicate flavor. Thhe orange peels that make up Cointreau are from Spain, Brazil, Haiti, and Ghana.
In 2008, Cointreau Noir was introduced, which is made with a base of Remy Martin Cognac instead of a neutral spirit base. It also is flavored with vanilla and nuts, and, like the original Cointreau, is 80 proof.
Some popular cocktails containing Cointreau
- Kir Gaspare — Champagne, Campari, Triple sec, Grapefruit juice
- Margarita — Tequila, Triple sec, Lime juice
- La Nuestra Paloma — Tequila, Elderflower liqueur, Triple sec, Bitters, Club soda, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice
- The Mexican Hoskins Cocktail — Blanco tequila, Maraschino Liqueur, Triple sec, Ramazzotti, Orange bitters, Orange peel
- El Cigarillo Maduro — Tequila, Sweet vermouth, Bianco Vermouth, Triple sec, Bitters