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Perfect Margarita

I already posted this in reply to another poster, but it´s good information for all:

Cointreau is NOT triple sec. Cointreau, for one thing is 40% alcohol, while different brands of triple sec are between 20% and 25%. Triple sec is made by many different companies...Cointreau is made only by Remy Martin. Triple sec is made only with oranges grown in the Caribbean. Cointreau uses oranges from all over...mostly from Spain, Brazil and Haiti. Triple sec is cut with water, which is what decreases the alcohol content. Triple sec is always distilled 3 times, hence the word Triple in its name. Remy Martin does not divulge how many times Cointreau is distilled, could be 3, could be more, could be less. So, no, while similar in taste, they are not the same thing.
And while Grand Marnier is also an orange flavored liqueur, it has a brandy base, rather than a pure alcohol base like triple sec or Cointreau.

Edit | Thanks for posting!

Oct 08, 2014
cygnet2 in Recipes

Perfect Margarita

uhm, no, Cointreau is NOT triple sec. Cointreau, for one thing is 40% alcohol, while different brands of triple sec are between 20% and 25%. Triple sec is made by many different companies...Cointreau is made only by Remy Martin. Triple sec is made only with oranges grown in the Caribbean. Cointreau uses oranges from all over...mostly from Spain, Brazil and Haiti. Triple sec is cut with water, which is what decreases the alcohol content. Triple sec is always distilled 3 times, hence the word Triple in its name. Remy Martin does not divulge how many times Cointreau is distilled, could be 3, could be more, could be less. So, no, while similar in taste, they are not the same thing.

Oct 08, 2014
cygnet2 in Recipes

Perfect Margarita

Wrong. Cointreau is NOT the same as triple sec. For one thing, Cointreau is 40% alcohol, where most triple secs are 20-25%. They are also made from different types of oranges....triple sec is made from oranges grown in the Caribbean, while Cointreau uses oranges from all over. Different brands of triple sec may taste different, but Cointreau is always made by Remy Martin and always tastes the same. Triple sec always goes through a triple distillation process, where as Remy Martin does not disclose the distillation process of Cointreau. Also, brandy and cognac are NOT the same, either. Cognac is always brandy, but brandy is not always cognac. They are distilled and aged differently, hence the different designatons, such as VS, VSOP, Napoleon, etc.

Oct 08, 2014
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Chiles Rellenos

Not sure why so many people think these are difficult or time-consuming to make...they're one of my must-go meals. If you have a gas stove, put a chili on each burner and turn occasionally till charred all over. Put them all in a brown paper bag and let the steam peel them for you. I find it easier to remove the seeds after charring, not before. The chili will hold its shape better while charring. I'm lucky enough to live in Mexico, where we get Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese. I like to mix the 2...Oaxaca for the creaminess, Chihuahua for a bit of sharpness...Frying them is easy...just don't try to do too many at once, or you'll lower the oil temperature and they won't cook well. This is a GREAT recipe! Don't be afraid of it!

Feb 03, 2014
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Perfect Margarita

1800 was originally called Cuervo 1800. It is still owned by the Beckmann family, who owns the entire Cuervo brand. They make 8 varieties of 1800, including reposado and anejo. But if you want a really GREAT authentic margarita like we drink here in Mazatlan, try el Jimador or Tres Generacions tequila and use Cointreau, NOT Controy!

Aug 06, 2013
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The Basics: How to Make Skillet Cornbread

Who cares if it's genuine "Southern" or "Yankee"?? Does it taste good? That's all that matters to me!

Aug 24, 2012
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Latticed Rhubarb Pie

Why would someone give this only a 3 star review when they obviously haven't tried this?? I have tried it and it's excellent...the only change I'd make next time, would be putting about half the amount of orange zest. Otherwise, it was great! Not overly sweet and gooey, but fresh and a bit tart, the way rhubarb pie should be! Delicious!

Apr 16, 2012
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Vietnamese Coffee Ice Pops

One word: EXCELLENT!

Feb 22, 2012
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Poached Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

I made this with my goat cheese instead of blue. I sliced a log of chevre, coated each slice in panko bread crumbs and fried each slice until golden brown then placed 2 slices on each serving of salad. DELISH!

Dec 01, 2011
cygnet2 in Recipes

Difficulty Handling Chayotes

I've always considered the food and cooking websites and books to be the experts, so I'll go with that, LOL.
You will also find smooth and prickly chayote on the same vine...At least the one in my backyard has both and I know it's not grafted.

Nov 02, 2011
cygnet2 in General Topics

Difficulty Handling Chayotes

The females have smooth skin, the males have prickly skin. JFYI

Nov 01, 2011
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Cantaloupe... Ugh.

Eat it like we do here in Mazatlan (and all of Mexico!). Squeeze fresh lime juice over it and sprinkle with chili powder!

Sep 30, 2011
cygnet2 in Home Cooking

Chiles Rellenos

@npartz2007: I live in Mexico and this recipe is EXACTLY what we have here. I've never seen them covered in bread crumbs here. Perhaps in a different part of Mexico, but where I am, this recipe is the real deal.