This is a matter of hot debate! The question is so complex that it deserves to be explored further… although one thing is for sure: as an orange liqueur with quality & production requirements, Cointreau is more than a triple sec2. Why? Simply because a triple sec is the generic name used for any orange-flavored spirit, while an “orange liqueur,” like Cointreau, actually goes a step further: as an officially recognized spirit category, there are certain legal production that need to be fulfilled and quality requirements to be considered a liqueur2. By using Cointreau L’Unique in your cocktails rather than just a triple sec, you add the guarantee of the exceptional richness of 40+ aromas, quality sweet and bitter orange peels from the world’s finest terroirs, and 170 years+ of know-how—all resulting in a perfectly balanced cocktail. Thanks to an age-old expertise as Liquorist-Distiller, unique organoleptic qualities, and the Art of Cointreau (Art of Selection, Art of Harmony and Art of Distillation), Cointreau is an orange liqueur in a league of its own.
Is Cointreau a Triple Sec ?
Cointreau is more than a triple sec, it's an orange liqueur in a league of its own.
1. Except in the USA where it is considered as an orange liqueur. 2.EU regulation 787/219 Ingredients (fresh/dried orange peels from sweet/ bitter oranges, neutral alcohol, water, sugar), method of production (maceration, infusion and distillation of fruits or plants), and predetermine qualitative indicators (alcohol degree between 15% to 55%, sugar levels with at least 100 grams of sugar per liter, etc)