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May 21, 2011 01:59 AM

Bourbon and Triple Sec?

Just something that came to mind recently: I can't think of any cocktails that involve combining bourbon and triple sec. I don't know, in my mind it seems like a workable combination. Do such cocktails exist? Or is it actually a terrible idea?

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  1. The Bourbon Crusta is one. It's pretty decent.

    1. This one is very good, should you have Champagne-ish wine open/available.

      by Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, KY

      3/4 oz Bourbon
      1/2 oz Triple sec, Cointreau
      7 ds Peychaud's Bitters
      7 ds Angostura bitters
      4 oz Champagne
      1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)

      Stir first 4 ingredient with ice, stain into flute, top with chilled Champagne, stir gently, garnish.

      Best with Booker's or other very high proof bourbon. Increase bourbon to 1 oz.

      Also, the Chaplin is good, but it doesn't use much triple sec.

      I've also toyed with Old Fashion 80's style riff, where instead of muddle a bunch of fruit (as was the style at the time), I've substituted a bit of various liqueurs (e.g. Cointreau and Cherry Heering). It was kinda fun, as I recall.

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      1. re: EvergreenDan

        I know its not bourbon, but a friend of mine swears by Jack Daniels, Cointreau and a few squeezes of lemon juice. I've paid money for worse drinks.

          1. re: magumpa

            Yes, it does. A high-rye bourbon or soft rye might work well, too. I might try a dash of pie-spice bitters (Angostura, Fee WBA, etc). That sounds good with the orange and whiskey and rye spice.

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        1. Try a bourbon sidecar: two oz good bourbon, 1 oz triple sec, splash of lemon juice, shake with ice, serve in a sugar-rimmed glass. delish!