Orange liqueurs are probably the most called for of all fruit-flavoured spirits in cocktail recipes, both new and old. From classics like the Sidecar, Pegu Club and Margarita, to more modern drinks like the Cosmopolitan, orange is a taste heavily featured in the world of mixed drinks.
This popularity is reflected by the huge array of brands that are available to purchase, from the big names like Cointreau and Grand Marnier to artisanal triple secs, rum-based liqueurs and other oddities. The varieties are so numerous orange liqueurs are even split in to different types – triple sec, curaçao, brandy-based… it’s a vast and confusing subject full of much contradictory information.
With so many different types of orange liqueurs, and so many brands for each type, it can be a little difficult to decide what you should use in your cocktails. If a recipe calls for Cointreau will a triple sec or curaçao suffice? Is there a noticeable difference between an orange curaçao and a clear tripe sec? Are the more exotic liqueurs any use when making mixed drinks?
In an effort to try and answer some of these questions, I am excited to announce…
The Great Oh Gosh! Orange Liqueur Showdown
Over the past month I have assembled a collection of 23 different orange liqueurs, and over the next few weeks I will be investigating which are worth having in your alcohol cabinet. As well as a blind tasting of all the spirits I will be accessing their suitability in cocktails, with a view to discovering whether Cointreau is the deserved market leader, and if there are any challengers to its throne.
So check back over the next few days as I begin to review the following products:
- Bols Dry Orange
- Bols Triple Sec
- Clément Créole Shrubb
- Combier Triple Sec
- De Kuyper Triple Sec
- Edmond Briottet Curaçao Triple Sec
- Filfar Orange
- Gabriel Boudier Curaçao Triple Sec
- Gabriel Boudier Orange Fine Champagne
- Giffard Orange Curaçao
- Giffard Premium Curaçao Triple Sec
- Grand Marnier
- Gran Gala
- Joseph Cartron Curaçao Orange
- Joseph Cartron Curaçao Triple Sec
- Luxardo Triplum
- Marie Brizard Curaçao Orange
- Marie Brizard Triple Sec
- Patrón Citrónge
- Santa Teresa Rhum Orange
- Senior’s Curaçao of Curaçao
- Torres Orange
I’ve certainly got my work cut out!
Note: In the interests of full disclosure, the liqueurs included in this comparison are a mixture of bottles I have purchased myself, and samples solicited from their UK distributors.
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