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All about citrus and triple sec

Chips and salsa go together like triple sec liqueur and cocktails. Even if you've never heard of it before, chances are that you've had this liqueur in one drink or another.

What is it?

Triple sec is a type of citrus liqueur that is believed to have originated in France sometime in the early to mid-1800s. There's a battle over who invented it first, and its origins may remain one of those long-lost secrets, like the city of Atlantis. The flavor of this sweet liqueur is distilled from orange peels, while the base is made from a spirit, such as vodka, brandy or rum. Generally speaking, this liqueur is a clear color, although some versions may be more amber-colored depending on which spirit was used as the base. When it comes to proof percentage, it is usually 60%, but some brands can be as much as 80%.

What's behind the triple sec name?

Some believe the name of this orange-flavored liqueur refers to the process of triple drying it. Others say the name references the method of distilling it three times, although it is debatable whether this process actually occurs or is a myth. It could also be a testimonial to Cointreau taking a third attempt at this particular liqueur recipe, but no one knows for sure. Despite the name mystery, everyone agrees that triple sec is a standard when it comes to cocktails.

How do you drink it?

Traditionally, triple sec is mixed with another liquor to create the magic known as a triple sec cocktail. Think you've never had one? Think again. When you order a classy cosmo, triple sec is a main ingredient. The same is true for an iconic Long Island iced tea or a margarita. Citrus and triple sec liqueur can be mixed, shaken or stirred for optimal blending, or it can be taken as a shot. Whatever floats your boat. Shop Driz, or see if we've made it to your city. Click these links to search for Drizly in your city, and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.