Review: Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur

Review: Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur

Tequila, lime, triple sec – That’s a margarita.

So why not use a triple sec that’s made in Mexico, since presumably those distillers know best how the drink should be put together, right?

That’s the basic idea behind Patron Citronge, essentially a triple sec (and not, it should be pointed out, a tequila-based product). This surprisingly thick and clear spirit is made in Jalisco, made with oranges from Haiti and Jamaica and sweetened with cane sugar. Fresh orange character attacks the nose, along with just a hint of woody notes and a touch of green, herbal character that hints at agave. (Or is it just the mind playing tricks?)

I swear it’s there as you sip the spirit, a mouth-filling, vibrantly sweet liqueur that balances sweet and sour with ease. At 80 proof, it’s a hot one, though: Drinking it straight proves more than a bit fiery, and that “burn” may again refer you to some of the lesser tequilas you’ve experienced. That may be a pro or con depending on your approach to orange liqueurs, but it’s hard not to appreciate the pure flavor and bright citrus notes found in this spirit. Try it, of course, in a margarita.

80 proof.

B+ / $20 / patrontequila.com [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur

$20
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

16 Comments

  1. DJ HawaiianShirt on August 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Your mind isn’t playing tricks on you.

    Unless they’ve changed the recipe in the past few years, the stuff from my bottle of Citronge is CLEARLY an agave spirit.

  2. Ronald duncan on December 31, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Just had a trip to the hospital tonight because of an allergic reaction to this product. The ingredients and not listed on the bottle.

  3. Anonymous on January 11, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Is there any corn products in this liqueur? I’m allergic.

  4. Anonymous on February 5, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I’d recommend doing more research on this product. It is a Patrón tequila based liqueur.

    • Christopher Null on February 7, 2020 at 10:16 am

      This is incorrect. There is no tequila in Patron Citronge, though it is made in Jalisco. (I have reconfirmed this with Patron directly.)



    • Juanita on January 22, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Whats in it if not Tequila? Its a rough bite of a drink



    • Christopher Null on January 22, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Probably neutral grain spirit (basically vodka)



  5. M. Stepp on June 13, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Noo comment just a question. If I missed reading it would patron citronge make a good aperitife?

  6. M. Stepp on June 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Ooh or how about substituting the citronge for the orange juice in a mimosa. Not a question I’m going to try it the next opportunity.

    • Christopher Null on June 14, 2020 at 11:53 am

      Some mimosa recipes advocate for a small about of triple sec in the mix; but I wouldn’t overdo it.



    • Hannah Chynoweth on December 10, 2020 at 6:25 am

      then its just a liquor/Champaign drink, not a mimosa. I’d still keep in some juice



  7. Juanita Letner on January 22, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    I want to soak candied fruit for a traditional fruitcake with Patron Orange Liqueur. Is it Tequila or not?

  8. Art Vandelay on February 25, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I prefer this to Cointreau or Grand Marnier in boxcar cocktails.

    • Art Vandelay on February 25, 2022 at 1:35 am

      …Sorry, meant to say sidecar cocktails. Citronge with Torres 15 Riserva Privada brandy makes for one hell of a sidecar.



  9. Beth Madel on September 15, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I’m sorry I love the Patron Citron Liquor s . it’s my Grand Marnier tequila style..why is this so hard to find. I love the lime one.

  10. Otrova Gomas on September 16, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT !!!!
    I loved the original PATRON Citronge Orange Liqueur that was less sweet, and it did have a tequila flavor and aroma. The original bottle said PATRON in large letters on the label.

    This new terrible imitation, which uses the exact same bottle to fool customers and nowhere has the name Patron, is ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. This cheap new imitation is more sweet and is devoid of the pleasant fruity orange aroma and does not taste like tequila either. God nows what alcohol they used to make this medicine 70 proof. If I cannot get my refund for this fraud, I will use it as a drain cleaner.

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