Circa 1930 estimated
Cointreau is a brand of « Triple-sec » (an orange-flavored liqueur) produced in Saint-Barthelemy-d’Anjou, France.
It is tasted either in aperitif or in liqueur. It enters into the composition of several known cocktails. It was originally called « Curacao Blanco Triple-sec ».
Cointreau Distillery was founded in 1849 by Adolphe Cointreau, a confectioner, and his brother Edouard-jean.
Their first success was with the cherry liqueur Guignolet, but they had a huge success when they blended sweet and bitter orange peels with pure alcohol from sugar beets.
The first bottles of Cointreau were sold in 1875. Million bottles were sold each year, in more than 150 countries. Ninety per cent of the production was exported. Cointreau Company was family-owned until 1990.
The production methods and recipe are a family secret and photography are restricted in the factory.
Cointreau sources its bitter oranges from Spain, Brazil, Haiti and Macedonia.