Taste Test Between Grand Marnier, Patron, & Triple Sec..

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FeGe_Cakes Posted 18 May 2007 , 6:19pm
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I posted a question if you could use use Triple Sec instead of Grand Marnier in the Cointreau Buttercream. I got different answers so I decided to do a taste test. I bought Grand Marnier, Patron Orange Liquer, and Triple Sec.

If you try to drink it straight, the Grand Marnier is very strong. The Triple sec is 24% alc, vs. 40% in Grand Marnier and Patron.

The Winner was Grand Marnier. thumbs_up.gif It had a much stronger orange flavor (Made in France) but was very very good. The buttercream was not too sweet. The Patron was 2nd and much cheaper in price (and made in Las Vegas) but had a more subtle orange flavor. The Triple Sec had a slight orange flavor but caused the buttercream to be sweeter in taste.

Just thought I would share.

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snarkybaker Posted 18 May 2007 , 8:57pm
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And the best tasting orange liqueur by far is Mandarine Napoleon. It is not always easy to find, but it is much cheaper than Grand Marnier ( usually around $20 instead of the $26 I pay for Grand Marnier) and has a much yummier fruit flavor and not so strong on the brandy flavor. JMO, YMMV.

FeGe_Cakes Posted 18 May 2007 , 9:55pm
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txkat, can I ask where you are from? I haven't heard of Mandarine Napolean, but will have to search for it next time.


CarolAnn Posted 18 May 2007 , 10:08pm
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I'm not very knowledgeable booze. However, after the last thread about Grand Marnier I went out and bought a bottle. So far I've only tasted it on the end of my finger. I'll have to test it in some pineapple juice later on since I don't have a cake planned in the next few days. Ü Thanks for the reminder!

jmt1714 Posted 18 May 2007 , 10:11pm
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cointreau or curacao are options as well

snarkybaker Posted 18 May 2007 , 10:20pm
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I am from Dallas, although I live in NC now ( with a few stops in between)

Here is a excellent blog entry on Mandarine Napoleon.


FeGe_Cakes Posted 18 May 2007 , 10:30pm
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txkat, I am in Arlington, but I go to Fort Worth to pickup my booze. icon_wink.gif

jmt1714, I had some Curacao a friend gave me for white Sangria. I didn't like it so well mixed, or even straight for that matter. But I might have to try in the buttercream.

Cointreau and Grand Marnier were so close in price I went with the Grand Marnier because I have a least had that in my Margaritas.

snarkybaker Posted 18 May 2007 , 10:49pm
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Cointreau is the bomb-diggity in Margaritas. Try Sauza Commerativo, Cointreau, and Minute Maid frozen limeade for a homemade Margarita. Use the can to measure - 1 can limeade, 3 cans water, 1 can tequila 1/2 can cointreau. Shake ( or whirr in blender) and enjoy cowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifthumbs_up.gif

FeGe_Cakes Posted 19 May 2007 , 5:49am
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Of topic, but I use Triple sec in my Margaritas. You have to use the Minute Made Limeade frozen concentrate. I tried using Great Value frozen Limeade icon_cry.gif , and lets say..if you don't have anything else it works. But the Minute Made limeade is a must have.

Jiggs72 Posted 30 Mar 2014 , 8:03am
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I prefer Gran Gala.   The perfect Margarita for me is....  Don Julio Anejo, Gran Gala, Sweet n' Sour.  Yummy!!!

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