Fall Is for Cooking Together
Last week we were still clinging to summer, then swoosh! Fall dropped in. A strange thing for southern California, and it tilted our brains. The autumn air must have chemical-altering properties, because we felt driven to make candied apples and roast pumpkin seeds. And, once we saw the piles of sweet navel oranges at the market, our own triple sec.
Good triple sec — that orange liqueur we douse so many of our drinks with — can be expensive. Spending an evening or two in the kitchen playing chemist together sounded like brilliant fun. Here's what happened.
|Making Triple Sec
We like the trend toward making your own beverage ingredients. This version comes from Charlie Hodge at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, via Imbibe Magazine's Sept/Oct 2009 issue. Once we saw the triple sec recipe using fresh oranges, Everclear and vodka, we had to give it a try.
The method is somewhat lengthy and takes a little time but the results are well worth your effort.
See our how to make triple sec recipe for full details.
|Drinks with Triple Sec
CAUTION: Everclear is potent stuff. Besides having the ability to burn your gums off, it's extremely flammable! Seriously. Don't do anything else with it expect what we suggest above. You'll thank us.