Triple sec

Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur obtained from dried orange peels. You can take it neat as an after-dinner treat, but it's usually added to famous cocktails like a Long Island iced tea, Kamikaze, Cosmo, and Sidecar. One of the most recognizable names of triple sec is Cointreau.

The ingredient is the unsung hero in numerous classic cocktails, including the Margarita. It's a sweet, orange-flavored, clear liqueur that brings a citrus punch to the mix, offsetting notes of spice, earthiness, or smoke that the other spirits provide.

Cointreau is a type of Triple Sec (a family of dry orange liqueurs). Triple Sec is both the name of a class and also refers to an inexpensive, lower quality orange liqueur. Cointreau has a stronger, smoother, and more complex flavor versus Triple Sec. It's slightly more costly and higher in alcohol level.

Triple sec has been popular for more than 150 years. The Dutch East India Company made orange liqueurs by steeping dried orange peels from places such as the island of Curaçao. They called this "Curaçao liquor", and unlike triple secs, the Dutch variant has herbs and spices added, and comes in a variety of colors such as clear, orange, or blue.

Triple sec is also great with

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Cosmopolitan

A cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice. While the cocktail is widely perceived to be a more modern creation, there is a recipe for a Cosmopolitan Daisy which appears in Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903–1933, published in 1934.

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Chicago Cocktail

The Chicago Cocktail is a brandy-based mixed drink named after the city of Chicago, Illinois. It appeared in multiple cocktail manuals dating back to the 19th century. The main ingredients are brandy, triple sec, and bitters. Some versions do call for the Champagne to be added.

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Margarita

A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice. Some say the cocktail was invented in 1948 in Acapulco, Mexico, when a Dallas socialite combined blanco tequila with Cointreau and lime juice for her guests.

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Golden dream

The Golden Dream is cocktail made with Galliano and Cointreau. It is classed as an "after dinner" drink. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. The Golden Dream was popular during the 60s and 70s and originated at the Old King Bar in Miami, mixed by Raimundo Alvarez.

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Between the Sheets

The Sidecar is a classic drink that features cognac, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. If you enjoy the Sidecar, you should meet its less known cousin, the Between the Sheets. The cocktail first appeared in New York Bar in Paris, where the acclaimed bartender Harry MacElhone, apparently made it in the 1920s. He has also contributed several other classics to the boozy realm, including the White Lady and the Old Pal, so drinkers are forever in his debt. Most people name this cocktail Between the Sheets, though you may hear it referred to as a Maiden's Prayer (when made with gin instead of rum) as well. By either name, it's a cool drink in which rum and brandy get together for some fun. If you enjoy the notorious Sidecar, be sure to give this one a try. The brandy and rum blend is often seen in classics such as the Boston Sidecar and Embassy cocktails. The Between the Sheets is a cocktail consisting of white rum, cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice. The Between the Sheets starts as a Sidecar but diverges with a measure of light rum and skips the custom sugared rim.

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Lemon drop martini

A lemon drop is a vodka-based cocktail that has a lemony, sweet and sour flavor, prepared using lemon juice, triple sec and simple syrup. The drink was invented sometime in the 1970s by Norman Jay Hobday, the founder and proprietor of Henry Africa's bar in San Francisco, California. Some variations of the drink exist, such as blueberry and raspberry lemon drops.

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Long Island iced tea

A Long Island iced tea or Long Island ice tea is a type of alcoholic mixed drink typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as iced tea. The Long Island Iced Tea was popularized in the 1970s and remains a beloved drink. There are two competing origin stories for the Long Island iced tea, one from Long Island, Tennessee and one from Long Island, New York.

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Fluffy duck

Fluffy duck is the name of two different cocktails, both using Advocaat as the main ingredient. One cocktail is a smooth, creamy drink based on white rum, and the other is a gin-based highball. All variants have a smooth, boozy, and very, very duck-like texture. Besides gin and Advocaat, Triple Sec, Orange Juice, and Soda Water are added.