For a subtly sweet, orange-flavored liquor, obtain a bottle of triple sec. This liquor was created in 1834 by a Frenchman named Jean-Baptiste Combier. The word “sec” means dry in French; however, this liquor is not dry but triple distilled. Sun-dried orange skins combined with alcohol create a liquor that adds a distinct flavor to a variety of mixed drinks.
A classic Southwestern drink, margaritas are made by blending together a mixture of alcohol, lemon or lime fruit juice, and sweet and sour mix. To make a margarita, mix 1 and 1/2 oz. of tequila, 1/2 oz. of triple sec, 1 oz. of sweet and sour mix, 1/2 oz. lemon juice and ice cubes in a blender or in a cocktail shaker. Rim a margarita glass in salt and serve. Add more fruit juice or triple sec to make a stronger fruit-flavored drink.
Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island iced tea belies its name — brewed tea is not included in the ingredients. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour equal parts of vodka, gin, rum, tequila and triple sec in the glass. Add two parts of sour mix and fill the glass with Coke. Mix thoroughly.
The name “toxic waste” may not conjure up an appetizing cocktail drink, but it packs a fruity punch. Mix one part blue Curacao liquor with six parts of orange juice and one part of triple sec . Pour over iice and serve. Increase triple sec and Curacao liquor for a stronger drink.
To make a kamikaze shooter, splash some lime juice in a cocktail shaker, add 1 oz. of vodka, 1/2 oz. of triple sec and some ice cubes. Cover and shake and pour into a shot glass. This drink tastes like lemonade.
For a coffee-flavored drink, make the horny toad. Combine a coffee-flavored liquor and triple sec for a tangy, citrus-splashed coffee beverage. Layer equal amounts of heavy cream or half and half, coffee liquor and triple sec in a chilled glass and serve.
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Drinks Mixer: Toxic Waste
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