Donâ€™t have this orangeÂ liqueur? Hereâ€™s the best Cointreau substitute to use in cocktails like the margarita and beyond.
Making a cocktail that calls for Cointreau and donâ€™t have it?Â Donâ€™t worry, there are few options that are perfectly suited as a substitution.Â Cointreau is an orange liqueur with a lightly sweet, orange perfume flavor. Itâ€™s most well known for being used in classic cocktails like the Margarita and Cosmopolitan. It was first invented in 1875, and now itâ€™s sold all over the world.
Donâ€™t have this tasty liqueur? Youâ€™re in luck: there are several options for a great Cointreau substitute that are easy to find.
Best Cointreau substitute
1. Grand Marnier
The best Cointreau substitute? Grand Marnier. Grand Marnier is a French orange liqueur that blends Cognac, bitter orange and sugar. The bottle youâ€™ll typically see is called Cordon Rouge: thatâ€™s the Grand Marnier brandâ€™s most popular product. Grand Marnier is like a high-end version of Cointreau: youâ€™ll find it makes your drinks evenÂ better.
Once youâ€™ve got a bottle on hand, you can make greatÂ Grand Marnier CocktailsÂ like theÂ Cadillac Margarita,Â El Presidente, and more.
2. Triple Sec (any brand)
Another Cointreau substitute? Triple Sec. Triple Sec refers to a dry style of orange liqueur. â€œSecâ€ means dry in French, so some say the name means â€œtriple dryâ€ or â€œtriple distilled.â€ The term can be used to refer to a style of dry orange liqueurs as a category: Cointreau is actually a type of Triple Sec! But most often the name refers to a lower-quality generic orange liqueur.
Keep in mind, the flavor of most Triple Sec brands is more harsh than a Cointreau. So youâ€™ll get the absolute best margarita if you hold out for Cointreau.
3. Orange CuraÃ§ao
A final Cointreau substitute? Orange CuraÃ§ao. CuraÃ§ao is the original orange liqueur. If you can find Orange CuraÃ§ao, itâ€™s a great match. CuraÃ§ao is also sold in a Blue CuraÃ§ao variety, which is used in drinks like the Blue Hawaii and Blue Lagoon. We donâ€™t suggest using Blue CuraÃ§ao instead of Cointreau in your drink, unless youâ€™re ok with it turning your drink a funky color!
4. Any orange liqueur
Canâ€™t find any of the above liqueurs? You can really use anything labeled â€œorange liqueurâ€ that you can find at your local liquor store.
Here are some recipes where you could use this Cointreau substitute: