triple sec - which one?
"Triple sec (meaning "Triple distilled") is a strong, sweet and colorless orange flavored liqueur. It is made from the dried peel of oranges found on Curacao, an island in the Caribbean.
Curacao, Grand Marnier and Cointreau are popular triple sec's."
Ok I know it's not friday. What's the difference? Which one do you use?
July 16th, 2007 2:27pm
Grand Marnier -- because I like drinking things called "Grand".
July 16th, 2007 2:28pm
I like Grand Marnier. I'm not sure I've ever had Cointreau, other triple sec's I've tried were thicker than GM.
July 16th, 2007 2:30pm
Cointreau is certainly thicker. If you mix with something bubbly, I think thicker dillutes the fizz a bit less but it may just be in my head.
GM is good. Equal parts GM, B&B, and whatever scotch you like (go cheaper though, drink good scotch straight) is pretty darn good.
July 16th, 2007 2:34pm
Whatever's behind the bar. :) Usually Cointreau or De Kuypers.
That reminds me of the Double Plutonium cocktail. A regular Plutonium is Curacao Blue, Pisang Ambon and I think Kahlua in layers, topped off with vodka. A Double Plutonium is the same scaled up to a juice glass. I've seen a huge biker dude down a Double Plutonium in a single gulp, with the words "see y'all tomorrow".
Orange Curaçao, Grand Marnier and Cointreau all taste quite different and are not entirely interchangeable. All of them are better than generic unbranded "triple sec".
Grand Marnier is sweeter, whereas Cointreau is drier and slightly more bitter. I think Orange Curaçao has a much more prominent orange flavour, but I haven't tasted it yet.
Decide whether you want to drink them straight or mix them. Grand Marnier tastes good by itself, the others may be better mixed. Check out some cocktail recipes and experiment.
July 16th, 2007 2:43pm
Hehe, or will he?
Bombed bikers bruise badly.
July 16th, 2007 2:44pm
This was a very Microserfs moment - the dude's a coworker, an IT pro (something in graphics), and this was at a team-building party. Weird shots tend to get ordered when socially contrarian yuppies have expense accounts.
"What's that shot with the $40/shot scotch in it?"
July 16th, 2007 2:53pm
Thanks a lot, everybody. I was thinking about cocktails, but Grand Marnier and Cointreau sound good to try by itself. I think I tried Blue Curacao and did not like it much, but it was long ago. I feel inspired now. :)
July 16th, 2007 4:07pm
What is B&B, by the way?
July 16th, 2007 4:59pm
Brandy and Benedictine, mixed half and half.
I'm not sure how Grand Marnier, brandy, Benedictine and scotch makes a good cocktail though. Seems like too much alcohol and not enough balance of flavours.
July 16th, 2007 5:17pm
Am I ignorant. I like Benedictine on rocks. Strong enough whithout brandy...
July 16th, 2007 5:44pm
Yes, Benedictine is good by itself. It's a little sweet and syrupy for my taste, but many like it.
It's the mixture of Benedictine, brandy, Grand Marnier and scotch all together that I was commenting on. Brandy and scotch are not usually mixed in the same drink. I guess there's no accounting for taste...
July 16th, 2007 5:55pm
I understood. It's just only one from those ingredients I've tried/like. Brandy amd scotch I like to smell, but not to drink. Usually I don't use more than 3 ingredients in a cocktail, or the taste gets weird. And I agree, Benedictine is sweet and syrupy, but sometimes it's ok.
July 16th, 2007 6:24pm
If you like liqueurs, try green Chartreuse on its own.
Cointreau or GM help make fruit salad an essay towards hazard.
Bloke brought in a bottle of Frangelico to share once and it didn't last long at all. A real taste trip.
July 16th, 2007 8:17pm
"I guess there's no accounting for taste..."
Nope... purely based on alcohol + sugar to get it rushing through your veins. I feel those real quick. I suppose that's as much my creation as anyone's, but surely someone else has tried.
If I drink B&B straight I usually put it in the proper snifter and heat it with the tea candle. It thins it out and you can properly snort the alcohol vapor.
July 17th, 2007 6:00pm
B&B + Blue Label Johnnie Walker + Grand Marnier = gated long island iced communi-tea.
July 17th, 2007 6:03pm