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telescopes
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Posted: 2011-06-28 8:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-26 21:30, thePorpoise wrote:
I've scrapped triple sec in my margaritas altogether and use agave syrup in its place.



Hmmm... fwiw...

Agave syrup is a sweetener. Use it in Margaritas and other drinks.

Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. It is not a sweetener. It is not to be substituted in a drink with a sweetener.

And yes, it is to be heard. The flavor of a good margarita has a hint of orange. It is why sometimes orange slices are placed in the margarita. Remove it and you have a Tequila Daisy or something like it, especially if you use lemons instead of lime for your margaritas.





 
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TIKIWAGON
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Posted: 2011-06-29 01:47 am   Permalink

Has anybody tried the santa teresa Rhum orange liqueur as i like it in a mai tai (its also on offer in waitrose supermarkets over here in England!)

 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-06-29 10:23 am   Permalink

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Agave syrup is a sweetener. Use it in Margaritas and other drinks.

Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. It is not a sweetener.



well aware. I make the substitution to enhance the agave flavor of the drink, given that tequila is distilled from agave, and i prefer it that way. this has been a trend for several years now in some quarters re the margarita.


 
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Rawim
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Posted: 2011-06-30 07:47 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-06-29 10:23, thePorpoise wrote:
Quote:

Agave syrup is a sweetener. Use it in Margaritas and other drinks.

Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. It is not a sweetener.



well aware. I make the substitution to enhance the agave flavor of the drink, given that tequila is distilled from agave, and i prefer it that way. this has been a trend for several years now in some quarters re the margarita.



Yeah I have noticed that too. Lots of recipes coming out lately, especially from corporate sources, that totally ignore any mention of triple sec, but now always include some sort of agave sweetener, interesting.


 
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Iscah
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Posted: 2011-06-30 10:35 am   Permalink

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On 2011-06-28 16:15, jingleheimerschmidt wrote:
Nobody's said anything about Marie Brizzard. Well?

Don't make me go searching old threads!



LOL I haven't been able to find it out here. It was easy enough to get back in California, but so was Seniors, so I never even bought a bottle of Marie Brizzard. Trust me, the minute I find a liquor store that carries anything other than Bols or Dekuyper, I'm buying whatever it is.
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jingleheimerschmidt
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Posted: 2011-06-30 8:19 pm   Permalink

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Yeah I have noticed that too. Lots of recipes coming out lately, especially from corporate sources, that totally ignore any mention of triple sec, but now always include some sort of agave sweetener, interesting.



Agave sweetener has been the "in" thing recently. However, some studies show it to be just as bad as HFCS.


 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2011-06-30 8:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-30 20:19, jingleheimerschmidt wrote:
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Yeah I have noticed that too. Lots of recipes coming out lately, especially from corporate sources, that totally ignore any mention of triple sec, but now always include some sort of agave sweetener, interesting.



Agave sweetener has been the "in" thing recently. However, some studies show it to be just as bad as HFCS.



It's true that there is a lot of "bad" agave nectar out there. The only source I've found of GOOD agave nectar is from here:
http://www.globalgoods.com/agavenectar.html

And for the record, I too prefer my margaritas with agave nectar instead of triple sec.


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ErkNoLikeFire
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Posted: 2011-07-06 11:48 pm   Permalink

Thanks to some suggestion here, I used Grand Gala in place of the Senior and the difference was severe. The Gala for me is the better choice.Not to sweet and much more pleasant then the odd aftertaste the Senior contains. That coupled with a better quality of limes and the batch I made over the weekend were among the best I've made yet.I did try the Senior in a small test with a couple of drink experiments and found it to be a nice addition. So the Senior is not a bad product, but it needs to stay away from my mai tais. Thanks for the help!
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heylownine
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Posted: 2011-07-16 5:46 pm   Permalink

I finally bought a bottle of Senior to try for myself. My normal go-to curaçao choices are Clement Creole Shrubb and Gran Gala. I just did a taste test with Senior against the Shrubb (out of gran gala) and was pleasantly surprised. Like others have said, the body of the Senior is a bit thinner than the Shrubb, but the I certainly got an orange flavor. I think I'd cut the amount back just a bit from the 0.5 oz in my next batch so I can taste the rum a bit more but I certainly have no complaints.

What a terrible chore...tweaking Mai tai recipes to compare ingredients.

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jingleheimerschmidt
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Posted: 2011-08-02 11:24 am   Permalink

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What a terrible chore...tweaking Mai tai recipes to compare ingredients.




Indeed! I have sacrificed the better portion of many evenings so that others may learn from my mistakes and triumphs.

Anyhow, a quick taste comparison with a few neighborly guinea pigs resulted in this ranking:

mai tai with creole shrubb
mai tai with senor curacao
mai tai with cointreau

Interesting, the cointreau was unanimously dead last. Some preferred the bitterness and dryness of the curacao more. The shrubb was thought to bring out a more pronounced (but not overpowering) orange flavor and also boost up the mid range rums I was using. They really thought I was using better rums. HA!

Surprisingly, a blind taste of the liqueurs on their own favored senor curacao over the creole shrubb. The shrubb "smelled like orange tequila". Whatever! It apparently made a better tasting mai tai.

Anyhow, I will never use cointreau for mai tais but I would not mind using either of the other orange liqueurs. The Senor is about $10 cheaper.


 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2011-08-13 12:13 am   Permalink

Due to your research I will definitelly give the creole shrubb a try!

 
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