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Pronunciation: [KWAHN-troh; kwahn-TROH]

The world's most distinguished orange-flavored liqueur, made by France's Cointreau family since the mid-nineteenth century. Cointreau is clear and colorless with an intensely exotic, mildly bitter orange flavor—the result of a combination of the peel of sour oranges (from the Caribbean island of Curaçao) and sweet orange peel from Spain. See also curaçao; triple sec.