Liqueurs

Liqueurs are the historical descendants of herbal medicines and were originally made in Italy as early as the 13th century, often prepared by monks. Essentially they are alcoholic drinks made from distilled spirits which have been flavoured in some way, usually with fruit cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts. They are usually sweet, and don’t need long to age. There is often confusion in the states where they sometimes refer to alcohol as ‘liquor’, but the two are very different. Liqueurs tend to have a low alcohol content, usually at around 15-30% ABV, although there are some that can be as much as 55%. Liqueurs are sold and made worldwide, no longer just by monks. They are served and enjoyed in many ways: by themselves, on the rocks, with coffee, mixed with cream, and not forgetting that they are an essential ingredient in some of the world’s most famous cocktails.