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May 7, 2007 01:49 PM

Orange Liqueurs

Other then color, is there a difference between Triple Sec, Orange Curacao and Blue Curacao. My local store only carries Marie Brizard's Orange Curacao. I picked up the other two in the Leroux brand. What is ya'll opinion of Leroux? Thanks

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  1. any marie brizard cordial compared to leroux brand is akin to drinking cognac compared to e & j brandy. sometimes prices don't lie.

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    1. re: byrd

      That is kinda what I figured...I think it is strange that they care about 8 of Brizard's products, but not their Triple Sec. Guess I need to bug the manager about it.

      1. re: rafjr00

        Marie Brizard also makes a passable Pear William. Not the fancy with the pear in the bottle, but tasty at a fair price. They used to- I havn't looked for it in years- make an orange liquer called "Orangero", which I thought was more orangey than Triple Sec.

        1. re: Veggo

          They have one that is called Grand Orange. There is also a Mandarin Liqueur, but neither is at the store I go to. I need to see if there are any other stores around me.

    2. Curacao is usually a hair sweeter than triple sec, but I doubt you could tell the difference once mixed into a margarita. The only difference between the orange and blue curacao is the color.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        That depends entirely on the Triple Sec and the Curaçao involved. Cheap junk like Leroux and DeKuyper Triple Sec tends to be far sweeter than just about any quality orange liqueur on the market. They're syrupy in texture, and leave sugar crystals on the spout. Probably hurt you the next day, too.

        It's well worth spending a couple extra bucks for a better orange liqueur: Cointreau, Marie Brizzard Triple Sec, and Luxardo Triple Sec are my standbys. Blue Curaçao seemed like a cute idea when I was in college; Windex-colored cocktails have since lost their charm for me.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I guess a taste test of orange liquers performed by Cook's Illustrated only proves that taste is well, just a matter of taste.

          The CI tasters rated the Leroux Triple Sec as the best rasting, over Hiram Walker Curacao, LaBelle Orange, Cointreau and the orange infused Cognac, Grand Marnier.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Is a reputable brand of Curacao interchangeable with Cointreau?

            1. re: equinoise

              To some degrees yes as long as you're not drinking them straight. Not all orange liqueurs use the same orange peels as sources (there's a lot of variety in oranges and their peels), and many use different base spirits and other flavorings.

              A decent curacao is Curacao of Curacao. You could easily tell it apart from Cointreau tasting it straight but not so much in a Pegu Club.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            I just passed up Cointreau this afternoon for use in sangria. Love it, but it was three times as much as Triple Sec. When it comes to the higher end products, for a few bucks more, I'd rather have Grande Marnier over Cointreau.

          2. There are orange liqueurs and Orange Liqueurs. Forget about those cheap triple secs and such. Personally I like the super premium rhum based orange liqueurs from the Caribbean like Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liqueur made with the amazing aged and mellow Santa Teresa Rhum or the just as good but different Clement Rhum Creole Shrubb Orange Liqueur made with musky aged Clement Rhum Agricole. They make orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier and Cointreau seem second best.

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            1. re: JMF

              availability in the ny area?

              1. Mathilde Orange XO Liqueur, made by a French Cognac producer (that might be redundant) is another one I tried recently and like a lot. It's more akin to Grand Marnier in that it is brandy-based, but seems to be dryer and has a nicer orange flavor and less pronounced wood-aged flavor. Good stuff, looks to be about $20 for a 750ml retail.


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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Thoughts on how that might taste in a Sidecar?

                  1. re: isadorasmama

                    I'd try it! The trick with the Sidecar is fiddling with the sweetness level: balance is all. I'd rather start with a dry orange liqueur like this one and adjust up with simple syrup. This stuff has a pretty pale amber color, so it wouldn't affect appearance significantly.