Review: Mascarade Liqueur

Review: Mascarade Liqueur

On paper, Mascarade sounds pretty interesting, as fruity mixers go, I mean: Peaches and apricots from France, Armagnac, and vodka. Not sure about mixing Armagnac and vodka but, sure, maybe this is just the upscale alternative to Southern Comfort that the market needed.

I wish it was so. Mascarade just didn’t work for me.

On its own, Mascarade is distinctly cough syrupy. Seriously, I swear I’ve had cough syrup with this very flavor. Now maybe that’s a complement to cough syrup — I can drink that stuff all day when I’ve got a bad cold — but I can’t imagine that’s a flavor too many people are looking for in a spirit. Sure, peach and apricot are there, but they just don’t provide the real punch of fruit that I’d have liked.

Mascarade (just 32 proof) fares better in cocktails, but not by much. The stuff overpowers anything it touches. I tried making the “Mascarade Martini” (1 oz. Mascarade, 1 oz. vodka, 2 oz. orange juice) and expected a more complex Screwdriver. What I got instead was the strong taste of Mascarade cut with a little orange. Mascarade might be fine in tiny quantities, but you probably wouldn’t even notice it was there… and then what would be the point? Considering it has to be refrigerated after opening, one bottle could last an eternity.

Just found this one… If you happen to have mangosteen fruit, mango juice, lime, and gin, the Penang Angel might be something tasty. Now where to get some mangosteen…

32 proof.

C- / $26 

Mascarade Liqueur




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.


  1. ilopez on January 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I tried this liquor…is great….I got it in an airport in PR (island) Im from Florida Us and I can not find it anywhere. Do you export this liquor to US? please let me know.


  2. tommy tam on March 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    maybe if you wear the little mask and plug your nose, it tastes better.

  3. mcirino on April 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I liked Mascarade liqueur and have been trying to buy more it ever since I purchased it at the San Juan airport duty-free shop in Puerto Rico. Mascarade is a wonderful unique blend of apricot & peach juices with Armagnac brandy. It tastes great on the rocks or with a mixer. Where I can purchase or order this liqueur in mainland USA? Thanks.

  4. rturnbul on July 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    just picked some up at duty free in Miami on way back from Grand Cayman

  5. Neal on September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am

    This is a very interesting drink = different than other’s on the market. Just have to like it for what it is. Light and fruity – packs a wallop on an empty stomach.

  6. maryanne on September 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

    i tried this liqueur and it’s great!! i found it in mexico city, and since then i’ve been trying to go to mexico just to buy more of it!, really taste nothing as cough syrop maybe you were going out of a really bad cold!, because is nothing like that!

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