With more and more tequila coming my way in an endless supply of blue agave goodness, it’s my belief that discretion is the key to enduring. And so, in an effort to keep things lively, we’re going to look at something that’s both familiar, and yet exotic at the same time. I’m talking, of course, about triple sec – Dekuyper’s Triple Sec, in particular.
Triple sec, or as it was originally called “Curaçao triple sec”, is a liqueur made from the dried peels of oranges. It is said that triple sec was invented in Saumur, France between 1834 and 1848 by Jean-Baptiste Combier.
The most common use for triple sec nowadays is as an ingredient in various cocktails, the most famous of which is the margarita. However, triple sec also serves as an excellent digestif, either neat or on the rocks. A word of warning, however: If you’re going to enjoy triple sec on the rocks, don’t use too many rocks. Diluting such a mild liqueur is very easy to do, and is very difficult to fix without looking absurd.
Triple sec can be made with anywhere between 15%-40% alcohol by volume. Dekuyper’s is 15%, making it an easy liqueur to mix and sip.
The color of this one is crystal clear, and the scent is very strong on the orange peel with an extreme sweetness like vanilla. The flavor is very similar with a slight burn from the 15% and a brief finish that’s both palatable and satisfying.
At around $10 for a bottle, Dekuyper’s Triple Sec is an excellent value, and a necessary addition to any home bar. This right here is nothing fancy, but there’s nothing really wrong with that. It’s not always a leather armchair kind of evening. Sometimes it’s a fuzzy slippers kind of evening.
Check out some recipes involving triple sec courtesy of Dekuyper themselves.