Triple sec

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Triple sec
Type Liqueur
Manufacturer (various)
Country of origin Saumur, France
Introduced 1849
Alcohol by volume 15% to 40% [1]
Color clear, golden, blue
Flavor orange

Triple sec, originally Curaçao triple sec, is a variety of Curaçao liqueur, an orange-flavoured liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter and sweet orange.

Triple sec may be consumed neat as a digestif or on the rocks, but is more likely to be used as an ingredient in a variety of cocktails such as the 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 some time between 1834 and 1848 by Jean-Baptiste Combier in Saumur, France.[2] However, Combier was more famous for its élixir Combier, which contained orange but also many other flavorings.[3]

According to Cointreau, its orange liqueur was created in 1849.[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".[5]

See also


  1. "Bar None Drinks" []
  2. The Combier web site says that Combier's confectionery store opened in 1834, but says only that Triple Sec was invented "à cette époque" as a filling for his candies and chocolates; it also does not mention when Combier's Triple Sec was actually commercialized.
  3. "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.
  4. [2].
  5. 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.

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