Liqueurs

Liqueurs represent a vast and variable category of alcoholic spirits, distinguished by the fact that they are flavored with, well, almost anything. Fruit-flavored liqueurs like triple sec are well-known to most drinkers, but there are also cocoa-flavored liqueurs (creme de cacao), cream-infused liqueurs (Baileys, et al.), coffee-flavored liqueurs (Kahlua), whiskey-flavored liqueurs (Drambuie, et al.), and nut-flavored liqueurs (Frangelico, and many more). Bitter, herbal liqueurs represent a huge category of this segment, with amari being a specific sub-category of bittersweet liqueurs that has a devout following. (It’s also a separate category of coverage here at Drinkhacker.) Many of these herbal liqueurs are derived from ancient medicinal recipes. Liqueurs can vary wildly in alcoholic content and can be consumed neat, on the rocks, or — most commonly — as a component in any number of cocktails.

Top Liqueurs Posts:

A Brief History of Orange Flavored Liqueurs
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Drambuie 15 Liqueur

Review: Tia Maria Cold Brew, Matcha, and Iced Coffee Frappe

By Christopher Null | September 1, 2021 |

Of all the brands making a big push into new markets, the last I would have thought of was Tia Maria, a coffee liqueur developed in Jamaica in the 1940s. The brand was recently sold to Saronno, and it’s currently made in Italy. Recently the brand added two new expressions, one built around matcha tea…

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Review: Mathilde Poire, Framboise, and Cassis Liqueurs (2021)

By Christopher Null | August 17, 2021 |

It’s been almost a decade since we last reviewed several of Mathilde’s liqueurs — and at the time our thoughts weren’t overwhelmingly favorable. The situation appears to have been improving based on Mathilde’s showing in our peach liqueur roundup, so we figured it was time to check out some of the other entries in the…

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Review: Amaro Alta Verde

By Christopher Null | August 7, 2021 |

Italian distillery Antica Erboristeria Cappelletti is best known for its eponymous aperitivo — but it makes a variety of bitter liqueurs, including this one. Amaro Alta Verde is a truly unusual amaro, pale green in color and flavored primarily with Assenzio, a variety of wormwood. “A complementary blend of alpine herbs, citrus and spice frame and…

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Review: Pallini Limoncello, Peachcello, and Raspicello (2021)

By Rob Theakston | August 6, 2021 |

Exclusive to the Amalfi coast, Sfusato lemons are prized and in high demand for the intensity of their flavor and serves as the main ingredient in Pallini Limoncello, which we last reviewed in 2009. We recently sampled the flagship expression in Pallini’s range along with two additional flavors, right in time for the heatwave of…

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The Best Apricot Liqueur Roundup – 6 Brands Tasted, 2 Winners

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2021 |

Apricot is a tricky flavor to work with, but if you’re exploring classic cocktails, you’ll find apricot brandy or liqueur a component in dozens of recipes. When recipes call for apricot, they often call for plenty of it. The PDT Cocktail Book offers a recipe for an Apricot Flip which includes a healthy 3/4 oz…

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Review: Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato

By Christopher Null | July 22, 2021 |

Ramazzotti is best known for its delightful amaro, and recently the brand extended into a “rosato aperitivo,” which is made with “natural aromas of hibiscus and orange blossom.” Designed to be consumed Spritz style — with a 1:2 ratio of Rosato to Prosecco — plus basil leaves and ice, the Piedmont-distilled product isn’t exactly a…

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Review: Artisan Craft Cocktails, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | July 15, 2021 |

As a company, Artisan Craft Cocktails is perhaps misnamed: All it makes are dessert cocktails, pre-mixed, bottled, and ready-to drink when poured over ice. These are all unabashedly sweet and uniquely designed for sipping after dinner, not at cocktail hour — and their premium price telegraphs premium ingredients in the mix. Let’s give the four products…

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Review: Lazzaroni Amaro

By Christopher Null | July 2, 2021 |

Lazzaroni is best known as the creator of an impressive amaretto — in fact, the inventor of amaretto — but it turns out the Saronno-based operation also makes an amazing amaro, too, distinguished by its dark, nearly black bottle. There’s not a lot of info about its ingredients — made from a recipe that dates to…

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Review: LS Cream Liqueur

By Christopher Null | June 29, 2021 |

I’m not sure what the “LS” in LS Cream Liqueur stands for, but I do know that it’s made in Florida and is inspired by a Haitian recipe that includes a “blend of fresh cream and neutral grain spirits mixed with notes of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.” LS is inspired by cremas, a sweet…

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Review: Tattersall Rye, Amaro, and Fernet

By Christopher Null | June 5, 2021 |

Minneapolis-based Tattersall produces a monstrous line of craft spirits — all of which is produced in house from grains and other produce (apples, berries, etc.) from Minnesota and nearby states. The operation recently sent us three of its offerings for review, including a rye whiskey and two bitter liqueurs. Let’s dig in. Tattersall Straight Rye…

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