1. Cointreau is less sweet and super smooth
Many Triple-Secs taste sweet and syrupy. Most are made with some combination of alcohol, orange peels, water sugar – way too much sugar in most cases. This leads to syrupy products lacking real depth of flavour – most unlike Cointreau’s smoothness and flavour complexity. Crafted from a precise blend of sweet and bitter orange peels, Cointreau is perfectly balanced and super smooth.
2. Cointreau offers complex layers of aromas
The best noses in the world attribute to Cointreau around 40 different aromas. These many olfactive layers make Cointreau so much more complex and alluring than that of your average Triple-Sec .Sweet orange peels and essences impart juicy, fruity orange aromatic notes, with touches of orange blossom, rose, and lavender. Bitter orange peels and essences give Cointreau a layered bouquet: initially fresh like mint or very zesty lime, then spicy bergamot, and finally pepper and cardamom notes. Cointreau is unrivalled is the way it captures all the many different flavours of bitter & sweet orange – not just one single note.
3. Only the finest ingredients go into Cointreau
Master Distiller Carole Quinton is Cointreau’s “nose”. She travels the world searching out the finest sweet and bitter orange peels. Then she supervises their maceration and distilling to ensure the extraction of exquisite oils and aromatics. For a deeper understanding of the full flavour spectrum contained inside Cointreau’s signature amber bottle, check out the Cointreau Aroma Wheel.
4. The original Triple-Sec – but that’s not all!
Today, Triple-Sec is the generic name used for any orange-flavoured spirit1. Cointreau is more than a Triple-Sec 2 – it’s a fully-fledged ‘orange liqueur’. This is an important distinction because it means that Cointreau conforms to superior production and quality requirements set down in law. A spirit must fulfil all these requirements to earn the title of liqueur2.
5. Cointreau inspired a host of classic cocktails
Cointreau was one of the first cocktail ingredients that was called for by name. Great bartenders didn’t just call for Triple-Sec in their creations; the original recipes for the Sidecar, White Lady, Margarita and Cosmopolitan all require Cointreau.
6. Over 350 cocktail recipes call for Cointreau
Every mixologist worth their salt knows Cointreau’s extraordinary power to impart aromas and amplify flavours. When mixed in a cocktail, Cointreau’s incredible spectrum of aromatic notes helps reveal the other ingredients and bring balance, depth and unrivalled freshness to the mix.
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