15+ BEST Triple Sec Cocktails

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Wondering what the best Triple Sec cocktails are? If you’ve got a bottle of orange liqueur to use up, I’ve got you covered with this guide! There are so many delicious cocktails to choose from.

Do you have a bottle of Triple Sec that’s been hanging around in your liquor cabinet forever? Wondering how to use it up?

There are so many amazing Triple Sec drinks out there!

Triple Sec is a clear, dry, strongly-flavored orange liqueur. In most cases, it is made from unripened orange peels that are steeped in a base spirit derived from sugar beets.

I typically use it in my favorite Cosmopolitan Cocktail, but it’s also a key ingredient to many margarita recipes!

Triple Sec is an inexpensive liqueur. There are many different brand name choices. But, on average, a 750 ml bottle costs between $10-$15 at the liquor store.

It’s similar to Cointreau, but its flavor is not as complex. Cointreau has notes of warm spices and has a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Triple Sec is more one note, but it’s delicious in many cocktails.

So let’s get started!

The BEST Triple Sec Cocktails: The Lineup

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The BEST Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe! Tart, tangy & delicious. Made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime & cointreau.

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This Grapefruit Habanero Margarita is the perfect spicy cocktail for sipping on summer days!

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This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple & a splash of vanilla make it extra delicious.

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Mai tai in glass garnished with pineapple wedge and cherries.

This Mai Tai recipe is a Hawaiian classic. And since most of us aren’t going to the beach anytime soon, now is the perfect time to celebrate with a Mai Tai at home. 

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This easy White Christmas Margarita is the dreamiest Christmas cocktail around! It’s made with cream of coconut and lime juice for the perfect tropical escape on a cold winter day. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary for a stunning cocktail that looks like Christmas in a cup!

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This is a triple sec cocktail recipe made with fresh orange juice and special tomato water, topped with vegan “albumin” (egg whites) and a fresh rosemary sprig. Click to learn how to make this travel’s inspired cocktail.

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This strawberry limeade is the perfect cocktail (or mocktail) to get you ready for summer! Only 5 ingredients – it’s sweet, sour and refreshing.

Get the RECIPE from Home Cooked Roots

The Classic Passion Fruit Daiquiri is shaken with white rum, citrus juice, and your preferred triple sec. Pitcher instructions included #passionfruitdaiquiri

Get the RECIPE from Sense and Edibility

This sweet and sour Tamarind Margarita Cocktail Recipe is tasty and easy to make with step-by-step instructions on how to make tamarind juice from tamarind paste.

Get the RECIPE from Resplendent Kitchen

This refreshing margarita recipe is made with homemade hibiscus syrup. It’s tart, floral and served on the rocks with a hibiscus salted rim!

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5 ingredients and 2 minutes is all it takes to make this orange margarita. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for summer parties and outdoor entertaining!

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Wondering what the differences are between Triple Sec and Cointreau? Read more about that here!

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  • 1 ½ ounces vodka (or citron vodka)
  • ¾ ounce 100% cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • ¾ ounce Cointreau (triple sec or Grand Marnier)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (¼ oz.)
  • Place the vodka, cranberry juice, cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 30 seconds.

  • Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel, if desired.

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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