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Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

Citrus & Triple Sec Liqueur /40% ABV / France

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Citrus & Triple Sec Liqueur
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Based on recipes dating back to the 1800's, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao Ancienne Methode is a recreation of the dry, complex orange liqueur used by bartending pioneers of the 19th century. Developed by Pierre Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel and cocktail historian David Wondrich, this liqueur is created by macerating bitter Curacao orange peels, vanilla, prunes, lemon peels and sweet oranges, along with over a dozen other ingredients, in unaged brandy. This is then re-distilled and blended with aged brandy and Pierre Ferrand Cognac, before finally being matured in oak casks. The result is a complex, bittersweet liqueur brimming with natural orange flavor, perfectly balanced by hints of vanilla, spice, herbs and a subtle floral note. Product of France Alcohol by Volume: 40%

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4.96 Reviews
  • Danita
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    Pierre Ferrand is my go-to for a triple sec. Great quality makes great cocktails. Margaritas, sidecars, corpse reviver…

  • The Devilkitty
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    Will never buy another orange-flavored liqueur. Delicious.

  • Alec

    Excellent taste. Great for giving margaritas more depth.

  • Jeff
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    We are using it for our coin style margaritas. Really sophisticated flavor.

  • Rafael
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    Excellent. Good for cocktails, but also delicious to sip on its own.

  • Alex L.
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    Really enjoyed this triple sec. Delightful to sip on the rocks.


The term “triple sec” is more a description of the process by which the liqueur is made rather than a specific product, and as such, Cointreau is a version of triple sec. In 19th-century France, tropical fruit flavorings were rare and highly coveted; Jean-Baptiste Combier’s orange liqueur (the original triple sec) enjoyed immediate popularity, and a rival confectioner family, the Cointreau’s, decided to throw their proverbial orange-flavored hat in the ring.
Edouard-Jean Cointreau crafted his own style of the sought-after triple sec product with a higher ABV and more forward orange flavor; Cointreau’s liqueur is the best-known triple sec in the world today.
In the 19th century, the traditional recipe for triple sec used a beet sugar-based alcohol combined with sundried, Caribbean orange peels; only unripe, bitter oranges were used in the original recipe, as the greener fruits contained more essential orange oil in the skins. The resulting taste is bright, zesty and citrusy, though some modern triple sec products are actually quite sweet. Like many French liqueurs, triple sec was originally designed to be a digestif, something indulgent to sip neat after dinner or with dessert, but today, it’s most often combined with popular cocktail recipes to deliver a hardy punch of citrus flavor.
Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur, but there are other kinds of orange spirits that do not necessarily qualify as triple sec; most orange liqueurs are made using a sweeter alcoholic base (often rum or brandy) and then steeping pungent, bitter orange peels.
Other well-known orange liqueurs include Blue Curaçao, (a Dutch liqueur that uses lahara fruit peels and blue food dye) and Grand Marnier (a French creation that combines Cognac brandy and bitter orange liqueur).
Most orange-flavored liqueurs are affordable and easy to find, and you can opt for any orange liqueur in lieu of triple sec in your preferred cocktails.
Triple sec is a popular orange-flavored, clear liqueur featured in your favorite, indulgent cocktails including cosmopolitans, mai tais, Long Island iced teas and margaritas; while a pervasive product no doubt, most recipes call for just a small amount of triple sec, thanks to its bright and bold flavor.
Like so many other liqueurs, triple sec’s success can be credited to the French — in the early 19th century, a confectioner named Jean-Baptiste Combier and his wife Josephine experimented with steeping exotic Caribbean orange peels in sugar cane alcohol. The resulting liqueur, called “triple sec,” actually applies more to the triple distillation process than the specific product.

Drizly's take

Alexander Gabriel, the creator of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, utilizes a 19th-century recipe to blend an unaged cognac, 14 spices and brandy with orange peels to create a triple sec liquor that exhibits an impressive flavor depth. In the bottle, it has a golden amber appearance, which transitions to a pale straw gold color in the glass. The dry orange liqueur forms droplets and legs on swirling and an abundant oily coat at the sides of the glassware. Its nose is lemon zest with mandarin zest balanced with stewed fruit aromas. The taste is spicy orange and nicely dry to give it a bitter twist for depth and complexity. Pierre Ferrand Curacao notes are reminiscent of vanilla, juniper, nutmeg, cinnamon and marzipan. Drinkers are likely to experience a long orange aftertaste with enlivening spices.

You can sip the 40% ABV citrus liqueur from a glass with ice, pair it with a meaty meal or do justice to it by making cocktails like corpse reviver and cosmopolitan. Add the French drink to your liqueur shelf by utilizing these links to search for Drizly in your city, and look for liquor stores near you.

-Dry Curacao liqueur has a spicy orange taste
-Contains 40% ABV
-Produces a long-lasting orange aftertaste
-Viable as a cocktail ingredient

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