Triple Sec is a type of orange liqueur that was derived from Curaçao, a liqueur made from sun dried native orange peels on the island of Curaçao. Triple Sec was invented in 1834 by Jean-Baptiste Combier, a distiller in Saumur, France. Combier still makes the original Triple Sec recipe, which calls for three distillations, and is drier than the original Curaçao, at 80 proof.
Today, orange liqueurs that are labelled Triple Sec are clear and taste primarily of oranges. Interestingly enough, both Cointreau and Grand Marnier once called themselves Triple Sec, though they no longer do. Some common brands of Triple Sec are the aforementioned Cointreau, Citronge (made by Patron), Triplum (from Luxardo), Hiram Walker, and Bols.
Generic Triple Sec is usually inexpensive, low quality, very sweet, and artificially flavored.
Some popular cocktails containing Triple sec
- Mark's Margarita — Tequila, Triple sec, Lime juice, Simple syrup
- Gun Club Shrub — Gold rum, Triple sec, Pineapple juice, White balsamic vinegar, Orange oleo-saccharum
- Hocus Pocus — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Triple sec, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
- Citrus Fever — Light rum, Spiced Rum, Triple sec, Cardamom bitters, Grapefruit syrup, Lemon juice
- Dark and Orangey — Dark rum, Ginger liqueur, Triple sec, Orange bitters, Lime juice, Lemon peel