American Orange Liqueur, the New Cointreau

Orange Liqueur Always keep lemons and limes in your fridge. I wish I could win a contest that would provide me with a lifetime’s supply- that and olive oil. This column is supposed to be about me going about the city, finding the best margaritas in Denver, but I just moved, so I have been spending a lot of time at my new place. Drinking. I promise to get out and explore as advertised in my bio- however, we need to talk about crafting cocktails at home in this episode.

I recently purchased a bottle of Leopold’s American Orange Liqueur from a friend’s recommendation, and I must tell you- it was not a mistake. I haven’t been this excited about a bottle of booze, let alone a liqueur, in a long time. This is liquid gem is an ingredient (stands alone, just as well) that belongs in every cocktail connoisseur’s liquor hutch.

So I decided to pour a margarita for myself. Like most people I know that frequent fine spirit consumption, sweet is one of the five basic tastes that does not top my list of drink qualities. I like to taste the liquor. The majority of margaritas are made with large quantities of sugar, which are intended to mask the flavor of cheap tequila. Do yourself a favor and avoid the extra sweet, because Leopold’s spin on a classic premium triple sec allows for it. This also allows you to use a tequila that you actually want to taste.

Recipe as follows:

  • 2 oz Premium Tequila (I tend to enjoy the reposado variety- little bit of oak, yum)
  • 1 oz Leopold’s American Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Mix of Lemon & Lime Juices

-Shake the heck out of it.  Seriously, abuse the drink in the cocktail shaker, but don’t injure yourself. Pour in a Champagne coupe with a salted rim containing minimal ice. Enjoy.

Keep up the good work Leopold’s. I feel like this spirit (and all their others) has done the world a favor.

About Jim Halligan

Jim is a modern day conquistador. When not teaching his three parrots to speak Italian, he spends time poking flags in things and calling them his own.

  • Jake

    I’ve been drooling over Leopold Brothers’ website for a couple weeks now, but haven’t gotten to try any of their creations. The “three pin alpine herbal liquor” sounds absolutely amazing, as does their gin. Oh yeah, and they make absinthe, which is pretty sweet. Guess I better get on that!

    • Jess

      I think the Three Pin Alpine Herbal is fantastic. I loved it this winter as a digestif. I think it could have some amazing food/dessert pairing possibilities.

  • Ginger Pelz

    I need to capture a video of you when you are “shaking the heck out of” the cocktail shaker – doesn’t look that much different from Jim’s dance moves.

    Sure to be an Off the Wagon favorite.

  • Kevin Burke

    The addition of Bergamot to the botanical blend not only makes this liqueur unique and delicious, but it has also permitted Leopold Brother’s to raise the entire quality of their portfolio. The Bergamot makes it into the 3Pins, the Gin, and a few other of their other liqueurs. Scott and Todd are rockstars, if you have a chance to visit the distillery you will see how much they care about their craft and understand the undertaking that they are blending everything by taste, it’s crazy, and delicious.

  • Jess

    The quality of Leopold Bros products is outstanding. My favorite is the Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur. So good!