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Can I substitute another liquor for Cointreau?

I am making a recipe calling for Cointreau, but I am making a large quantity and Cointreau isn't cheap. I know it is orange flavored, but I don't want to go the Grand Marnier route either due to cost. Do you think a Triple Sec would pass, or through a Google search I found "orange curacao" mentioned? Any help with this would be much appreciated.

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  1. I often buy the little "airplane" size bottles if I only need a small amount. Can't help on the substitution, though I think Cointreau/Grand Marnier have a much smoother taste than Triple Sec - don't know if it would make difference in the recipe. What are you making?

    1. mels - it is certainly possible that you could substitute triple sec and nobody would know the difference unless you told them. Curacao is also an orange flavored liqueur and is available in a wide range of prices. Some of them are quite reasonable.

      However, to get a truly informed opinion, it would help if you were to tell us what the recipe is that you are making.

      1. The recipe is for a cake where the Cointreau is to be poured over it and soak in (not cooked). I am wondering if the faux-Cointreau (whatever I may use) being it its "raw" state would have a different taste. Unfortunately I have to make a mass quantity of said cake for a non-profit event, so the budget for ingredients is limited. I would rather not spend $30 for a 750 mL bottle if I can help it!

        1. Gran Gala is a "faux-Cointreau/Grand Marnier" which is about half the price of either--more expensive than triple sec, but stronger in flavor (and alcohol, I believe).

          1. I'm not a drinker but I would go ahead with a less expensive liqueur. The cake's flavor will dominate so you just want a top note of orange and alcohol.