Cointreau is a brand of triple sec (an orange-flavoured liqueur) produced in Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou, France. It is drunk as an aperitif and digestif, and is a component of several well-known cocktails. It was originally called 'Curacao Blanco Triple Sec'.Cointreau Distillery was set up in 1849 by Adolphe Cointreau, a confectioner, and his brother Edouard-Jean Cointreau from Angers. Their first success was with the cherry liqueur guignolet, but they found success when they blended sweet and bitter orange peels and pure alcohol from sugar beets. The first bottles of Cointreau were sold in 1875. These days, an estimated 13 million bottles are sold each year, and in more than 150 countries. Ninety percent of production is exported.
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