Facts and information about this famous liqueur drink
Facts and Information about the Cointreau Liqueur
Cointreau is flavored with sweet and bitter orange peels from oranges sourced from exotic areas of the world. The alcoholic drink Cointreau is a clear liqueur. Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere' which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved.
List of Recipes which contain Cointreau
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Triple sec Liqueurs ( including the Triple Sec brand, Curacao, Grand Marnier and Cointreau )
Triple sec, which means 'Triple distilled', is a strong, sweet and colorless orange flavored liqueur. The word 'Sec' usually means 'dry' but in relation to liqueurs it means 'distilled'. All triple sec drinks ( such as the Triple Sec brand, Curacao, Grand Marnier and Cointreau) undergo a three-stage distillation process. Many of the Triple sec drinks are made from the dried peel of oranges found on Curacao, an island in the Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela.
What's the difference between Triple Sec and Cointreau?
What's the difference between Triple Sec and Cointreau? The recipes for both of these brands of orange flavored liqueurs are secret but Triple Sec contains additional flavors of orange-flower water, orris root and other fragrances which distinguishes it from similar liqueurs. The first triple sec drink was the Cointreau liqueur which was developed by Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau in France in 1849. The Curaçao brand dates from 1886 and the Triple Sec Brand dates from the 1920's.
Information about Cointreau
Liqueurs are flavored with a whole variety of different ingredients! These ingredients include fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, nuts, roots, plants, barks, eggs and cream. The following list details the main ingredients of Cointreau together with other info about this famous liqueur.
- Main ingredients of Cointreau - flavored with sweet and bitter orange peels from oranges sourced all over exotic areas of the world
- Country of origin - Cointreau is produced in Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou which is a suburb of Angers in France
- Color - Clear
Additional background information about Cointreau
Additional background information about Cointreau:
- Cointreau liqueur which was developed by brothers Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau who established a distillery in 1849
- Cointreau is made from a secret recipe which has been passed from generation to generation in the family
How to serve the Cointreau Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Cointreau, an extremely versatile drink. Liqueurs can be served:
- Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at room temperature
- On the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
- Served with coffee
- Liqueurs can be mixed with cream or other mixers to create some really good and extremely colorful cocktails
Rainbow Liqueur Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails? They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by 'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials, which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!
Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in Cointreau cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original Cointreau cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a cocktail! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in other cocktail recipes:
- 1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
- 30ml equals 1 oz
- 1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1½ oz (ounces) or 45 ml (millilitres)
- 1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml (millilitres)