Triple sec is a strong, sweet and colorless orange flavored liqueur. The name is French for "Triple Distilled", referring to the three-stage production process.
It's a stock standard in most cocktail cabinets, and one of the most useful and versatile bottles to have as a basic ingredient for cocktail mixing.
Triple Sec means?
In French, Triple Sec translates as "Triple DRY".
Is Cointreau classed as a Triple Sec?
- "...before Prohibition the Cointreau bottle still read Cointreau Triple Sec. The liqueur was not only the first triple sec, it's how the term was coined. After imitators reproduced the signature square bottle and imprinted the words "Triple Sec" in the Cointreau typeface, Cointreau dropped the words from their bottle. The premium liquor has long since transcended the category, but that's how it started out...the first and best triple sec. ... Use generic triple sec only if you are short on cash."
- -"Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails" by Ted Haigh (aka Dr. Cocktail)