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Add a spicy smokiness to every margarita you make this summer.

The fruity Finlandia Oaks Lily is a not-so-typical vodka cran. This recipe calls for Finlandia — a vodka made from glacial spring water and Suomi barley in Finland — along with sweet and sour mix, triple sec and cranberry. This recipe is courtesy of Finlandia.

These margaritas use lemons instead of limes, looking picturesque when topped with edible flowers.This recipe is courtesy of Ann Hsu Kaufman/Grits and Chopsticks.

Recipe Courtesy of Jose CuervoA classic margarita: These are good for any night, but they’re especially appropriate when chomping down chicken wings and watching football.

In truth, our Easy Pomegranate Margarita isn’t exactly a health drink, but our version is significantly better for you than a margarita from a mix — or from most restaurants. Margarita mixes are typically full of high fructose corn syrup, but this recipe contains no added sugar at all — all of the sweetness comes naturally from the pomegranate juice.

Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice is low in calories and has no added sugar. This makes it the perfect mixer for a low-calorie drink — such as Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka — that boasts the refreshing flavor of cucumbers.

This refreshing summer drink will get you in the mood to salsa!

This sangria recipe is perfect for fall entertaining.

In Spain, sangria isn't fruit salad. It's a simple, summery way to turn ordinary wine into something special. This is a typical Spanish recipe (though in Spain, lemon juice might take the place of lime).

This is a one-of-a-kind cocktail that was created in the Bevvy Cocktail Lab. The smoky mezcal and fresh mint in this drink combine and make a perfect, refreshing treat to sip on.This recipe is courtesy of Aubrey Joy Schuster at bevvy.co.

Fun, bubbly, made with easy-to-find ingredients, and tastier than you might think. This one is great for a Mexican brunch.

Bright, clear, lightly sweet, and impeccably clean-tasting, a good lemon drop cocktail — or lemon drop martini for the uninitiated — should make you feel like you’re sipping up the shiniest parts of summer.


The 7 Best Triple Secs in 2021

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Triple sec is the secret ingredient in a margarita and a crucial part of Long Island iced teas and cosmopolitans. But what exactly is it?

Simply put, triple sec is an orange liqueur used to add fruity flavors and a touch of complexity to cocktails. But not all bottles that fall under the umbrella of triple sec are made equally. Each has its own nuanced qualities. Curaçao was first crafted in the 19th century by Dutch settlers on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, made from the bitter oranges that grow there. Blue curaçao is the same liquid, but dyed blue to match the island’s cerulean waters. Triple sec is the French counterpart to curaçao: same orange flavorings, but slightly drier in style. Here are our favorite bottles of all triple sec styles, as recommended by bartenders across the country.


Here are several of our favorites.

Cocktails

Amp up the citrus with this beautifully colored orange cocktail. Made with easy ingredients you may even already have on hand, it blends flavors together for depth and easy drinking.

This is perfect for drinkers that want to drink their alcohol without tasting it.

Try this pineapple mimosa for a simple twist on the classic with a tropical flair. Easy to make, light and perfect for brunch or any excuse.

Cranberry sangria is the a colorful, seasonal twist on this classic cocktail that’s perfect for a crowd. Easy to make and great for making ahead, it’ll be a staple for any occasion.

Margaritas

Let’s start this section with a classic. The first drink that comes to mind when we think of Triple Sec is the Classic Margarita. This recipe is simple and we’re sure you’ll love it.

This version of the Blue Margarita uses both Triple Sec and Blue Curacao. It’s as crisp and refreshing as a classic margarita with a gorgeous bright blue color.

Everything is better with fresh fruit. At least as far as cocktails go, anyway. This Strawberry Margarita recipe is a perfect twist on a classic.

If you’ve never added fresh berries to your drink before, you are missing out. Try out this Blueberry Margarita today and find out what we mean.

Love a good margarita? Then you have to try this amazing Italian Margarita. This cocktail has a rich flavor that’s perfect for parties and entertaining.

This fresh Chile Lime Spicy Watermelon Margarita is a delicious twist on a tequila cocktail!

If you’re looking for a twist on a classic margarita, this is the recipe to try. The pomegranate juice works so well with the smoky Mezcal. You’ll be wanting more than one, for sure. Try out this pomegranate Mezcal margarita tonight!

You will love this easy Jalapeño Strawberry Margarita Recipe that makes amazing summer party drinks. Spice up your next BBQ, Potluck or Cinco de Mayo celebration with this awesome Jalapeño Margarita Recipe!!

Martinis

Who doesn’t love a good Cosmo? Try out this bright pink Cosmopolitan Cocktail tonight!

What’s better than a classic vodka martini? A bright pink one! This recipe uses the classic recipe with a grapefruit twist for more flavor and a funky pink color! You are going to love this Pink Grapefruit Martini.

If you want a martini that tastes like the best lemonade you’ve ever had, you’ll love the Lemon Drop Martini.

If you want something a little bit different, you can try out the best Strawberry Lemonade you’ve ever had. The Strawberry Lemon Drop Martini is just as easy to make and adds some sweet fresh fruit to the mix.

Finally, the Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini is yet another twist on the classic Lemon Drop Martini. Toss in a couple blueberries and add some as a garnish for a spectacular cocktail.

As you can see, there are all sorts of drinks you can make with Triple Sec. Did we mention your favorite? Let us know if we missed it in the comments below.


Which Brand of Triple Sec should I use?

There are many well known (and not so well known) brands of Triple Sec available. Today we’re going to take a look at the 3 most popular brands of Triple Sec and see how they stack up against each other.

So which one should we use? Which brand of Triple Sec is the best? Let’s take a look.

Cointreau

Cointreau is one of the best-known brands of Triple Sec on the market today. Cointreau has been around since the 19th Century, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.

They’re also available for a great price too. Amazon is doing a great deal on a 50cl bottle at the moment that can’t be sniffed at. So you’ve got serious Triple Sec know-how and a great price too.

This one is going to be hard to beat.

De Kuyper Triple Sec

For the same amount of Triple Sec, you can pick up a bottle of De Kuyper Triple Sec for £15.95. Slightly more expensive than Cointreau, but there’s not too much difference.

What I do like a little better than the Cointreau brand here, is the bottle design. It’s just a little more funky and stylish.

Bols Triple Sec

Bols Triple Sec is the cheapest of the bunch at just £10 for 50cl. The brand also has a little bit of heritage, dating back to the late 1500s. In fact, Bols claims to be the oldest distillery in the world.

The only other difference between Bols Triple Sec and the other two contenders is the alcoholic volume. Bols has an alcoholic volume of just 38% compared to 40% of both Cointreau and De Kuyper.

Our Verdict

There’s not much to choose from between the three options here.

If you’re going solely based on price, you’ve got to go with Bols. If you’re going for a pretty bottle design, De Kuyper. But if you’re going for an established and most popular brand that isn’t over the top expensive, then Cointreau is for you.


The Secret to a Perfect Margarita

It’s generally agreed that the components of a classic margarita are tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. But how much of each? The secret is proportions balance accounts for the difference between a good drink and a bad one.

Having made many, many margaritas according to all sorts of proportional directives, I have finally determined (for my own tastes, at least) that the very best margaritas are concocted as follows:

For one drink:
1 ½ oz. tequila (100% agave a must, preferably a reposado)
1 ½ oz. triple sec or Cointreau
1 to 1 ¼ oz. of lime juice
Salt for the rim of the glass

Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into a glass over rocks, or “up” into a cocktail glass. A slice of lime as a garnish, while not strictly necessary, is a civilized touch.

I think the reason these proportions work so well is the way I enjoy a margarita—as an accompaniment to food as opposed to a stand-alone cocktail. Were I to drink margaritas in the same time and place I drank, say, a martini or a Negroni, I would probably prefer a different—possibly more assertive, tequila-forward—mix. Instead the tequila should be dialed back into harmonious equilibrium with the other ingredients for a more quaffable potion. For the same reason I prefer them on the rocks, rather than up.

A few notes on the ingredients.

TEQUILA
Since the principal flavor of the margarita is the tequila, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the best stuff you can get your hands on, so look for the “100% de agave” legend on the label of your bottle. If it isn’t there, then up to 49% of your tequila is actually fermented cane sugar. And don’t let the “gold” in the name or in the liquid fool you it's caramel coloring added to make the colorless tequila more appealing. I like to use a reposado, which is (usually) a 100% agave tequila that has been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two months (and up to a year). Unlike the silver tequilas, it has a mellower flavor, which I prefer.

TRIPLE SEC vs. COINTREAU
Then there’s the question of whether to use triple sec or Cointreau. Triple sec, a liqueur made from the skins of oranges, ranges in alcohol content from 15% to 30%, depending on the brand. Cointreau, a proprietary orange liqueur made from sweet and bitter orange skins, is stronger, at 40%. In a margarita the flavors are quite similar it really comes down to how boozy you want your drink to taste (bearing in mind that a stronger-tasting drink may be less likely to be heedlessly guzzled). There is also Grand Marnier, but to my tongue its brandy base is a distraction, so I avoid it. I like the lush, perfume-y orange note in my margarita, so I add an amount equal to the tequila.

LIMES
And finally, to the limes. Unlike the reliable lemon (which can be substituted in a pinch, at the higher quantity), the flavor of limes can vary considerably depending on the variety, season, weather, and origin, so I have provided a quantity range. You should try to taste your lime juice first before you mix your drink. If you have an aggressively sour, caustic batch of the stuff, use the smaller quantity. The addition of lime should be a refreshing one, not something to make your throat burn.

(What was that insane bit in BA’s recipe about using key limes (rather than the standby Persian limes)? Key limes, first of all, are about the size of a large gumball, and it takes ages (and many, many key limes) to get the smallest amount of juice from them. And the flavor difference? None.)

One last note: if you’ve gone to the trouble to find all the best ingredients for your margaritas, you owe it to yourself to shake them with ice rather than toss it all in the blender. But a frozen margarita so effectively dulls the tongue with cold that it’s practically impossible to taste it (which is why it’s such a cash cow for the big Mexican food chains). Pour your margarita over ice, or strain it and drink it up (if you’re feeling elegant), to get the very most out of your labors.


Preparation

Step 1

Combine vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.

Step 2

Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

How would you rate Cosmopolitan?

This is a worthless drink. I rate 2/5 however your system would only allow a bogus 5 star!. Tastes like the 5 cent popcicle of yesteryear.

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How to Make Triple Sec (Orange Liqueur)

It's impossible to have a well-stocked bar without orange liqueur. Except we rarely call it orange liqueur. We call it curaçao, or triple sec, or by one of its proper names: Cointreau, Grand Marnier. Online cocktail forums are full of some serious Kirk-vs-Picard level of nerd arguments about the differences between the liqueurs. (If you're interested in a deep dive into the distinctions, check out this Serious Eats guide.)

Orange Liqueurs to Buy

Orange liqueur, in one form or another, is easy to find at any liquor store. Most are clear and based on a neutral spirit, including Cointreau, Patron Citronge, and Luxardo Triplum Grand Marnier, made partially from a Cognac base, is richer and carries the unmistakable flavor of the grape brandy. The less-pricey brands tend to taste overly sweet with a harsh bite. They taste, in a word, cheap.

Should I Make My Own Orange Liqueur?

When mixing drinks, I tend to prefer Grand Marnier in cocktails with aged spirits and Cointreau in drinks made with clear spirits. Neither of them is out-of-this-world expensive, but keeping both on hand costs about $60. I've found that I'm a little wary of "wasting" either in untested recipes. I tried keeping the cheap stuff on hand as a back-up, but that just resulted in gross drinks.

DIY orange liqueur saves a little cash, but more importantly, its flavor profile is a good match for a wide variety of spirits and cocktail ingredients. The mix of navel and bitter orange peels along with brandy and vodka gives it a flexible, sweet-but-not-too-sweet flavor that makes for well-balanced cocktails. It isn't as refined as Grand Marnier or Cointreau, but it comes close enough that I'm happy to use it in my Sidecar or Cosmopolitan as well as in more experimental concoctions.

A side-by-side comparison of homemade orange liqueur with a bottom-shelf triple sec is no contest: DIY wins it by a mile. If you're feeling adventurous, mix up a special batch with some extra spices or flavorings. I made a batch with cinnamon and cloves that pairs well with rum and whiskey, and I think vanilla could make for a fun addition, too.

Use It!

It would be quicker to list cocktails that don't contain orange liqueur than to list the ones that do. This stuff really is essential, and you'll see it in a wide variety of drinks from sours like the Margarita and the Derby to fruity fare like Lusty Red Sangria and Cider Sangria.

Orange liqueur pairs well with Cognac or rye, like in the Morning Glory. You can even keep warm with Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate and Mulled Apple Cider. It's also a great addition to crepes, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, and biscotti. You may find yourself making orange liqueur by the gallon once you see how useful it is.


What Is Orange Liqueur Made From?

Orange liqueur is a sweetened distilled spirit that is flavored with oranges. The production methods used vary by brand and style. Orange liqueurs may use a base that is a neutral grain spirit (similar to vodka), rum, or brandy. The orange flavor often comes from dried orange peels or orange essential oil, though that's not always the case. They generally range from 30 percent alcohol by volume (ABV, 60 proof) to 40 percent ABV (80 proof).

There are three basic types of orange liqueurs: curaçao, triple sec, and brandy-based. There are also brands that fall into none of those categories. These may feature a particular variety of oranges, be a bitter (rather than sweet) liqueur, or include additional ingredients such as herbs, spices, or artificial flavors. Some, for the pure purpose of branding, do not use a particular category on the label.


Triple Sec cocktail recipes

Cover rim of glass with brown sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour cointreau over ice, followed by amarula cream. Add garnish.

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass.

Shake over crushed ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.

Simply follow the order above, pouring directly into the glass. Garnish with a slice of orange on the glass.

Carefully layer into a cordial glass in the order given.

Place an equal amount of Smirnoff Ice into three seperate half-pint glasses (from a full bottle of Smirnoff Ice). Add both half a shot of cointreau and half a shot of cassique to each. Mix the ingredients.

Fill with coke and add ice. Stir well.

Mix ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice, and serve.

Mix both ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass or serve over ice.

Pour into a glass half filled with ice. Stir well.

Carefully layer ingredients, in order, into an old-fashioned glass.

Build in a highball glass, on ice. Decorate with lime.

Shake all ingredients (except nutmeg) with ice and strain into a coupette glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve.

Add frozen limeade concentrate, pisco, and triple sec to a blender. Fill with ice, and blend on high speed (keep topping with water until full). When done, serve in a margarita glass rimmed with salt.

Shake liquors with ice. Strain or pour over ice in a highball glass. Almost fill with cranberry juice, and add a splash of 7-up.

Pour cointreau and midori melon liqueur into a mixing glass and add orange juice. Stir rapidly, three to four times, and pour into a cocktail glass. Add grenadine one drop at a time. Garnish with tropical fruits, and serve.

Fill glass with ice. Pour Triple Sec and Peachtree into glass. Add Sour mix and Sprite. Stir gently and enjoy.

Stir with ice. Pour into glass.

Pour into glass and fill with tonic wafer. Garnish with an orange slice or peel.

Put crushed ice into blender, about 2 cups. Add Cointreau. Add fruits, lemon juice and orange juice. Blend. With machine on, pour one half of the soda and reserve for serving. Once blended, pour into glass three-quarters of the way and add remaining soda.

Serve in a tall glass over ice.

First fill glass 3/4 full with Orange Juice. Next add 1/4 Triple Sec. Finaly add Grenadine and mix thoroughly!

Garnish with a slice of Orange.

*If too weak add more Triple Sec.

Shake briefly with a glassful of crushed ice in a double-cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry, add short straws, and serve.


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