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: Kozuba Potato Vodka, Triple Sec, and Rye 6 Years Old

By Christopher Null | May 10, 2021 |

The Kozuba & Sons Distillery was born in Poland in 2005, and 2014 the company made what you might say is a major move: Picking up stakes and replanting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now a respected operation in the States, Kozuba produces a range of spirits, including multiple expressions of vodka (naturally), various liqueurs, and…

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Review: Bully Boy Distillers Amaro Rabarbaro

By Christopher Null | May 6, 2021 |

Boston’s Bully Boy Distillers makes a somewhat traditional amaro, but this Rabarbaro expression is built around a more uncommon recipe. The “Rabarb” is for rhubarb, which is paired with black cardamom, marjoram, chamomile, cloves, yarrow, amd bitter orange to make a decidedly unusual experience. (The company suggests using it as an alternative to sweet vermouth…

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Review: St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (2021)

By Christopher Null | April 14, 2021 |

St. Germain hit the scene in 2007 and was an immediate smash, including with this reviewer when we formally covered it in 2010. The lychee-like flavor of elderflower proved itself to be endlessly versatile, to the point where, today, putting St. Germain in a cocktail is considered a bit passe — almost cheating, depending on…

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Review: Cotton & Reed White Rum, Dry Spiced Rum, and Allspice Dram

By Drew Beard | April 10, 2021 |

Cotton & Reed opened its doors in 2016 in Washington, D.C.’s trendy Union Market neighborhood, becoming the first rum distillery ever in the District. The distillery prides itself on making interesting rums with flavors specifically geared toward cocktails, although neat sipping is encouraged, as well. They also promote a “restrained approach to sugar,” meaning these…

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The Best Amaretto and Almond Liqueur Roundup – 7 Brands Tasted, 1 Winner

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2021 |

Amaretto has been part of the cocktail world since at least 1851, when history says the liqueur was invented. While amaretto — Italian for “a little bitter,” a diminutive of amaro — is now thought of as an almond-flavored spirit, the reality is that most amaretti do not contain any almonds at all. What they’re going…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream

By Rob Theakston | March 6, 2021 |

The Sazerac portfolio presents a vast array of options at the ready for every level of budget and taste preference. So it makes perfect sense that Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream signals the company’s intentions to stake a claim in an ever-growing market of cream liqueurs. Initially released in small batches as a visitor center exclusive,…

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Review: Douglas & Todd Bourbon Cream

By Christopher Null | February 23, 2021 |

Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company recently launched Douglas & Todd Small Batch Bourbon Cream Liqueur, a classic whiskey cream liqueur that’s made with its own 4 year old Douglas & Todd bourbon, Midwestern cream, and vanilla flavoring. As bourbon cream liqueurs go, it’s a solid and worthwhile example of the style. The nose blends notes of…

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Review: Licor 43 Original

By Drew Beard | February 9, 2021 |

Licor 43 is billed as the #1 selling Spanish liqueur in the world. Despite the fact that there aren’t that many Spanish liqueurs to begin with, Licor 43 is popular by plenty of other metrics, and in recent years it has started to gain traction as a cocktail companion behind American bars. Licor 43 gets…

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Review: Lyon Coffee Rum, Rock & Rum, and Orange Curacao

By Drew Beard | January 18, 2021 |

When we reviewed the core lineup of Lyon Rums last month, we mentioned that the distillery also dabbles in liqueurs and other unique rum-based products. Well, we’ve got three of these side projects on tap today for review: Coffee Rum, Rock & Rum, and their house-made Orange Curacao. Thoughts follow. Lyon Coffee Rum – Lyon…

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Review: Om Organic Mixology Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Liqueur

By Christopher Null | January 10, 2021 |

Om Organic Mixology is a line of liqueurs that starts with a base of distilled sugar cane that is then flavored with organic botanicals and essences, plus some agave nectar. Available in four flavors, this Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt liqueur has just 5 grams of sugar per serving. It’s fairly light in color in…

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