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Liqueur

Liqueurs are one of the most notoriously difficult categories of alcohol to define. The advent of flavored or infused spirits, most obviously fruit-flavored vodkas, has blurred the boundaries even further. The defining factor of any liqueur is that it contains a significant addition of sugar.

The key sub-categories of liqueur include: Anise, Cream, Egg, Fruit, Herb & Spice, Nut, Chocolate, Coffee and Whiskey.

Liqueur
A glass of whisky liqueur

The word liqueur comes from the Latin word "liquefacere", meaning to melt or dissolve. This is a very early reference to the practice of flavoring spirits with various organic agents.

The very first liqueurs are thought to have been medicinal. Monasteries around the world developed their own remedies for various ailments made from a base spirit enhanced by whatever herb or fruit extracts were available. Widespread international trade in the 16th Century revolutionized the liqueur world when new ingredients and spices became available in Europe.

Liqueurs derive their flavor from the extracted essence of their ingredients. This is then added to the desired base spirit (which is usually, but not always, neutral), along with sugar, coloring and water.

There are four main methods used to extract the essence from desired flavor agents: maceration, infusion, distillation and percolation. Some of the more complex liqueurs may use more than one method of extraction as certain flavor agents are better suited to different processes.

Maceration refers to the process of soaking a bruised or pressed flavor agent in alcohol or water to extract its essence. Infusion involves the same process, except the ingredients are heated.

Distillation is the reductive process used to create a concentrate of flavor from macerated flavor agents. (That is, the maceration process is taken a step further, in which the essence is reduced to a highly concentrated liquid.)

The most delicate method of flavor extraction is percolation, also known as steam distillation. Water or alcohol may be steamed or dripped through the flavor agent, which acts as a filter and imparts its essence on the steam or liquid.


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Courvoisier Rose Liqueur, France Cognac $28 2681
Southern Comfort, Louisiana, USA Louisiana $22 2697
Trojka Xenia Pink Vodka Liqueur, Switzerland Switzerland $15 6805
Moet & Chandon Petite Liquorelle Petillante Liqueur, France France $156 7790
Bols Natural Yoghurt Liqueur, Netherlands Netherlands $15 12093
Mekhong The Spirit of Thailand Liqueur, Thailand Thailand $20 15110
Casa 1921 Crema de Tequila, Mexico Mexico $30 20102
Monluc Liqueur d'Armagnac Pousse Rapiere, France France $28 21341
Christian Drouin Coeur de Lion Pommeau de Normandie, France Pommeau $23 21924
Artemi Ron Miel Indias Honey Rum, Canarias, Spain Canary Islands $15 22105
DeKuyper Cactus Juice Burst Margarita Schnapps Liqueur, Netherlands Netherlands $11 24085
Ambassadeur Aperitif de Tradition, France France $6 24214
First Ireland Spirits The Original Brogans Legendary Irish Cream Liqueur, Ireland Ireland $17 24307
Sildka Caramel Liquor, Spain Spain $13 24422
Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liqueur, Italy Italy $28 24996
Benoit Serres 'Liqueur a la Violette' Violet Liqueur, France France $69 30509
Williams & Humbert Gran Duque d'Alba 'Crema de Alba' Brandy, Spain Spain $18 30681
Averna Limoni di Sicilia Liqueur, Sicily, Italy Sicily $22 31248
DeKuyper Dropshot Black Magic Liqueur, Netherlands Netherlands $11 32467
Violet Freres Byrrh, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Languedoc-Roussillon $18 33086
Boulard Pommeau de Normandie, France Pommeau $18 34239
Bortolo Nardini Mandorla Liqueur, Italy Italy $37 38160
Christian Brothers Honey Liqueur, Kentucky, USA Kentucky $11 39984
Chateau du Breuil Pommeau de Normandie, France Pommeau $15 42037
Ferreira Duque Doirinha Amendoa Amarga - Almond Liqueur, Portugal Portugal $13 43127
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