A Triple Sec Recipe to Make Your Drink Recipes Taste Even Better

by Pamela

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Triple sec is a strong, clear, sweet-ish, orange flavored liqueur.  While it can be consumed as a digestif, it is mostly used in the making of other drink recipes.  You probably are most familiar with triple sec if you drink margaritas or cosmopolitans.

You’ve no doubt seen countless recipes for making your own margarita or sweet and sour mix, but did you know that you can make your own triple sec (sort of…at least it’s an excellent facsimile)?  I’m going to show you how to make your own triple sec so that you can tell all your friends that you make a scratch margarita.  Just graciously (or snottily) accept their oohs and aahs and don’t let on how easy it is to make.  If you display it in a really cool bottle with a pretty label, everyone will think you bought some snooty expensive liqueur.

There is the generic term ‘triple sec,’ but other triple secs include Gran Marnier, Curacao and Cointreau.  So learning how to make triple sec can help you to make so many drink recipes taste better.

This triple sec recipe is so easy to make and requires just a little time and and a few ingredients.  You’ll wonder why you didn’t make your own hooch sooner.  Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that you didn’t realize you could make your own.

This golden elixir of deliciousness really only takes about a day and half to make (if you don’t get distracted by a zillion other things like I did).  It doesn’t take months of patient waiting and vigorous shaking (although I have another triple sec recipe that does…and is currently sitting on my shelf awaiting its due date).

How to make triple sec

At this point you may be asking yourself if it’s really worth the time and effort to make your own triple sec, especially since it’s usually just blended into the drink recipes you make. Consider this…many of your cocktail recipes contain just a few ingredients, so it makes sense that the ingredients you use should taste as good as they possibly can.  If you’re still trying to wrap your head around the idea of crafting your own hooch, take a look at this (partial) list of drinks with triple sec.

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Margarita
  • Hurricane (Mardi Gras is coming up really soon)
  • Mai Tai

The traditional triple sec recipe is made with oranges, but Craig and I really enjoy the flavor of tangerines in our margaritas.  So this triple sec recipe gets its flavors from roasted tangerines and tangerine juice.  But you could just as easily use Cara Cara oranges or another variety of oranges (whichever type is your favorite).  This recipe makes almost 2 litres so you’ll have plenty to stock your bar for a party or to keep around for summertime cosmos or margaritas to enjoy that tangerine flavor when they are long past their season.  This is my take on the triple sec recipe that appeared in Imbibe Magazine.

Cheers!

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5 comments

Luuk February 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

This is not Triple Sec, as that is a distilled product. This is a vodka infusion.

Pamela February 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Since most people don’t have a still in their homes, I pointed that out near the beginning of the post…that this is a reasonable facsimile.

Ken│hungry rabbit February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

You are definitely the mistress of all things cocktails. Roasted tangerines will certainly lend an unforgettable scent to this elixir.

Barbara | Creative Culinary February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I’ve been making so many liqueurs and infused vodkas I literally am running out of storage. But I love the experience and the flavors and bet this tangerine ‘hooch’ is fabulous. A must try!

foodwanderings February 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hey girlie you know few sips and I am happy happy. This looks good. Love your boozy tutorials. Have a great weekend Pammy!

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