What is a triple sec?
Used in countless cocktails recipes, triple sec is a generic term for any orange-flavored spirit without any regulations around quality or production method. Since there is no worldwide official legal definition, nor specific quality requirements that must be met to carry the triple sec name, there can be significant differences between one triple sec and another in regards to quality1.
Why is it called triple sec?
As there is no official legal definition, nor specific recipe or requirements to meet to carry this name1, we certainly couldn’t answer for every triple sec: there are too many different sorts. Where we’re concerned, it’s the vision of our creator: In 1885 when Édouard Cointreau succeeds in creating what he had imagined—a crystalline liqueur with the ideal balance, and the result of a blend of dried and fresh sweet and bitter orange peels—he created a liquor that was three times more concentrated in flavor and less sweet than the liqueurs of the time.
Did you know: when Édouard Cointreau created his liqueur in 1885, it was trademarked under the name "Cointreau Triple Sec", a term abandoned over time as Cointreau falls within the officially recognized category of liqueur spirits due to its quality indicators and manufacturing processes2.