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Blind Sippin’: Cointreau vs. Combier

January 10, 2009

With the new year I’m introducing a new feature to Martini Talk: Blind Sippin’, where I’ll be comparing well-known brands to innovative up-and-comers. The first installment? A blind tasting of two French orange liqueurs.

We all know Cointreau – a good cosmopolitan’s secret ingredient and preferred choice for cocktails that call for triple sec. Now, there is Combier. Combier is not new. In fact, its touted as the original triple sec, having been around since 1834. Its all-natural recipe and light, citrusy scent is attracting lots of attention lately. What I like most is that it doesn’t have the overbearing taste of alcohol that is very present in Cointreau — taste them side-by-side and you’ll see what I mean. The fact that Combier is triple distilled in 100 year old copper stills designed by Gustav Eiffel (yes, the Eiffel Tower guy) also gives it a certain je ne sais quoi. And, it’s priced lower than then competition, which in these tough economic times is certainly a plus.

Combier Flirtini
2 pieces of pineapple
1/2 oz. Combier Liqueur d’Orange
1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. champagne

In the bottom of a mixing glass muddle the pineapple pieces and Combier. Add vodka and juice and stir with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.