Cointreau is a type of Triple Sec but the manufacturers haven’t provided the entire details of the distillation process, which implies Cointreau might not always be triple-distilled. Cointreau and other Triple Sec orange liquors have quite similar taste and are used as substitutes of one another in cocktails. The manufacturers of Cointreau use orange peels from around the globe, including Brazil, Haiti and Spain, for making this liquor. It is the variety of different orange peels from around the word which makes Cointreau different from other Triple Sec drinks. Dried orange peels are macerated in red copper stills for the extraction of oil. However, the most important difference between Cointreau and Triple Sec is the alcoholic content. Conventional Triple Sec liquors contain 20 to 25 percent alcohol, whilst Cointreau has alcoholic contents as high as 40 percent.
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This class of orange flavoured liquors contains far less alcoholic contents than Cointreau, rums and whiskeys. Triple Sec is actually mixed with water after the distillation process, which decreases its alcoholic percentage as compare to Cointreau. It also costs you less than a quarter to buy a Triple Sec than you have to pay for the same quantity of Cointreau.
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