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: Round Barn Winery Black Walnut Cream

By Christopher Null | June 21, 2022 |

Here’s a little twist on the cream liqueur space: Michigan-based Round Barn’s Black Walnut Cream is made not from distilled spirit as a base but from wine, into which cream and natural walnut flavors are added. The resulting cream is low in alcohol and have with nutty elements, particularly on the toasty, vanilla-scented nose. Notes…

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Review: All the Bitter Alcohol-Free Bitters, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | June 6, 2022 |

Bitters are traditionally made, quite simply, by steeping botanicals in alcohol for a length of time, then bottling the finished product. Bitters add a lot of flavor to a drink, but they also add a bit of booze — most bitters are actually very high in abv — so for folks looking to limit or…

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Review: Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur

By Christopher Null | May 23, 2022 |

It looks like, what? Cantaloupe puree? A glass of POG? It’s really hard to say: Thick, cloudy, and a ruddy shade of orange, but what it is is Chinola (chee-noh-lah) — not a juice but a liqueur, branded based on the name given to the passion fruit in the Dominican Republic. Chinola hit the market…

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Review: J. Rieger Caffe Amaro

By Christopher Null | May 19, 2022 |

J. Rieger is based in Kansas City, Missouri, where it produces a variety of spirits that includes vodka, gin, and whiskey. Oddly, its best-known is this, a coffee-infused amaro made with local coffee and a blend of botanicals, including juniper berries, cardamom, orange peel, star anise, spearmint leaves, gentian, and vanilla beans. Aiming to combine…

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Review: Merlet Amerisse Bitter Aperitif

By Christopher Null | May 8, 2022 |

As amari-style liqueurs go, Amerisse is wholly unique. This bitter aperitif starts off with a base of Merlet’s creme de cassis which is combined with bittering elements including gentian, angelica, sagebrush, and rhubarb — plus “other berries and citruses.” The result is Amerisse “Liqueur Amere au Cassis,” a dark purple liqueur that will have you…

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Review: Rossi d’Angera Genziana Spitz

By Christopher Null | April 27, 2022 |

Genziana Spitz is an Italian-born blend of “hydrated alcohol, sugar, gentian herb, and genuine vegetable natural substances,” per the label, anyway, but what it really is is a lighter, sweeter style of aperitif with its bitterness clearly evident, yet never overwhelming. The distillery offers some additional details, which go like this: This Gentian Root liqueur…

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Review: Villon Liqueur

By Drew Beard | April 25, 2022 |

This rather ominous looking liqueur launched last year in the United States. In addition to its arresting, black glass bottle, Villon also has quite the backstory. It is distilled, blended, and bottled in southwestern France and is named for the well-known 15th century French poet, Francois Villon, who notoriously vanished after killing a “wicked” priest.…

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Review: Merlet Creme de Melon Charentais

By Christopher Null | April 17, 2022 |

Essentially a liqueur made from a French varietal of cantaloupe, this lightly golden liqueur is evocative of melon, but it takes its time to get there. The nose and attack are aggressively sweet, floral, almost perfumed, with an indistinct note of candied melon. The palate showcases the cantaloupe a bit more clearly, but it’s muddied…

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The Best Cherry Liqueur Roundup: 12 Bottles Tasted, 1 Winner

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2022 |

Aside from the orange, the cherry seems to be the fruit that ends up in spirits more than adnything else. Credit that not just with the popularity of cherry as a flavoring agent, but also, perhaps, with the fact that cherries seem to grow everywhere: The U.S., all across Europe, Russia, and even the middle…

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Review: Jim Beam Orange

By Christopher Null | January 29, 2022 |

Want to shortcut your way to a highball or an old fashioned? A flavored whiskey might not be a bad idea, no? Jim Beam is no stranger to flavoring its bourbons, with the Red Stag line daring back to 2009, not to mention such products as Jim Beam Vanilla. Some of these creations have been…

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