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Liqueur d'Orange


By Robert Plotkin

In a country that passionately adores Margaritas, it was only a matter of time before the bright light of public scrutiny locked in on lowly triple sec. After all, where's the sense in modifying a cocktail showcasing world-class tequila and fresh lime sour with a generic cordial produced using bulk alcohol and synthetic flavorings? While conventional triple sec may have a place behind the bar, it doesn't belong in artisanal cocktails prepared with top-shelf brands.

Although new to the American market, Combier Liqueur d'Orange is a veritable fixture behind European bars. In addition to its brilliant and thoroughly engaging character, Combier is distinguished for being the original triple sec and the world's oldest clear orange liqueur.

The famous brand is made according to the 1834 recipe created by Jean-Baptiste Combier and his wife in the village of Saumur, France, about 200 miles southwest of Paris. It's handcrafted from a blend of sun-dried sweet and bitter orange peels from the French West Indies, sugar beets from Normandy and all natural ingredients from the surrounding Loire Valley. The liqueur is triple-distilled in La Distillerie Combier's original, 175-year-old copper alembic stills designed by Gustav Eiffel. It's bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

Comparing Combier to pedestrian triple sec is like comparing a Monet to a kid's finger painting. The classic elixir has ideal clarity with a satiny, medium-weight body and a luxurious citrus nose. The vibrant, immaculately balanced palate features a medley of sweet and tangy orange notes that persist long into the warm, elegant finish. It is the perfect complement to a top-notch Margarita.

The fact is this fabulous liqueur is tailor-made for more than just Margaritas. Orange modifiers are called for in more classic and contemporary cocktail recipes than any other type of liqueur. Fortunately now there's a hip and classy alternative to using run-of-the-mill triple sec. Combier Liqueur d'Orange, welcome to the States. Viva la diference!

Combier Roi René Rouge Liqueur is a cherry delicacy first created in 1632 by the Reverend Mother of the Benedictine Abbey of Saumur. Rouge is pot-distilled from a 100% natural blend of fresh elderberry juice and three varieties of sweet and bitter cherries. The 34-proof liqueur has a light red hue, a lush medium-weight body and the enticing bouquet of baked cherry pie. It bathes the palate with tangy cherry flavor followed by a marvelous dash of spice. The lingering finish offers only a hint of sweetness.

The famed La Distillerie Combier also produces Royal Combier Grande Liqueur, a mesmerizing liqueur made from a blend of Combier Liqueur d'Orange, cognac and Elixir de Combier, a renown hygienic liqueur dating back to the 19th century comprised of aloe, cardamom, cinnamon, myrrh, nutmeg and saffron.

Royal Combier is a sophisticated gem with a pale straw hue, an oily textured body and alluring orange and herbal bouquet. The all natural, 80-proof liqueur warms the palate with honeyed citrus and lavish amounts of spice. The effect is at once intriguing and eminently satisfying.

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