Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur and is a common ingredient in sweet or tart cocktails including the Margarita, Cosmopolitan and Kamikaze. Some people also opt to drink triple sec plain, either neat or on the rocks.
As of 2015, the margarita is the fifth most popular cocktail in the world. It is the most popular cocktail choice of women worldwide, and out of all the tequila-based drinks, the margarita is the most popular.
Tequila, Cointreau or triple sec and fresh limes are the ingredients of a classic, simple margarita recipe. Its simplicity allows for variations, such as a pomegranate margarita or a frozen margarita.
In its simplest and classic form, a margarita consists of a mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice served neat, on the rocks or frozen, usually with salt or sugar on the rim. The margarita is a very popular cocktail, and there is no shortage of recipes and variations.
The typical alcohol content of triple sec is 30 percent, with a variation between 15 and 40 percent depending on the brand. Two of the most popular brands, Cointreau and Grand Marnier, both have alcohol contents of 40 percent.
Margarita mix stays fresh for up to 12 months. The mix should be refrigerated after it is opened. Margarita mix may start to change color or texture after 12 months.
One basic recipe for a non-alcoholic margarita combines one ounce each of lemon juice, lime juice and orange juice with two ounces of simple syrup. Shake the mixture over ice and strain into a margarita glass.
To make a margarita with beer, mix beer, tequila and limeade into a large or medium-sized pitcher depending upon the amount you want to prepare. A medium-sized pitcher yields up to 4 servings. Serve the beer margarita over ice immediately, and garnish the glasses with lime wedges if desired.
To make a traditional margarita, mix 3 tablespoons of tequila with 1 1/2 tablespoons each of triple sec and lime juice. Pour over ice, and add salt to the rim or a lime wedge as a garnish.
To make a great margarita for a party, combine 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, an ounce of lime juice and 1/2 an ounce of Cointreau in a salt-rimmed glass full of crushed ice. Stir gently a few times until the drink is chilled, then serve immediately.