Cointreau is a type of Triple Sec produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, in the Loire in France. The Cointreau distillery was set up by Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau in 1949. However, the distillery’s famous orange liqueur, then called Curacao Blanco Triple Sec was not lauched, along with its iconic square bottle, until 1875 by Edouard Cointreau, son of Edouard-Jean. Cointreau is made by macerating peels from both sweet and bitter oranges in a pure alcohol made from sugar beets with the addition of water and sugar. The bitter oranges are sourced from many countries around the world including Spain, Brazil and Haiti. Cointreau can be served nest, usually over ice but it is also used in many famous cocktails including the original recipe for the Margarita and the International Bartender’s Association (IBA) approved Cosmopolitan recipe.