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.

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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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Review: Southern Comfort Black

By Drew Beard | January 27, 2022 |

When we last explored Southern Comfort way back in the mid-2010s, it had traveled an uncomfortable distance from the iconic liqueur popularized by Janice Joplin. Under the ownership of Brown-Forman, SoCo had become a vehicle for several heavily flavored aberrations, including Lime, Gingerbread Spice, and Black Cherry. That a version flavored with Tobasco was actually…

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Review: Licor 43 Horchata

By Christopher Null | December 21, 2021 |

Horchata is something that people appear to enjoy drinking, so leave it to Madrid-based Licor 43 to boozify it, combining a traditional horchata with its vanilla-heavy liqueur (the best-selling Spanish liqueur in the world, we’re told). The resulting cream liqueur is traditionally made with tiger nut, sugar, cinnamon, and citrus — and it’s made from…

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Review: Amaro Meletti

By Drew Beard | December 20, 2021 |

Not that long ago, most liquor stores in America were amari deserts, offering little more than Campari and Aperol if you were lucky. In recent years, that has changed substantially, with dozens of offerings hitting our shores in greater numbers (never mind all the domestic craft offerings). Count Meletti among one of those additions that’s…

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The Best Ginger Liqueur Roundup – 6 Brands Tasted, 1 Winner

By Christopher Null | December 18, 2021 |

Ginger has long been a staple of cocktailing — but only recently has it become popular in liqueur form — thanks to the instant popularity of Domaine de Canton — as opposed to the more usual “ale” or “beer” formats. Ginger liqueur is a staple in many modern cocktails, and it can be consumed as…

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Review: Baileys Deliciously Light and Baileys Colada

By Christopher Null | December 3, 2021 |

Ready for two new expressions from the cream liqueur masters at Baileys — including it’s first “light” expression? We weren’t either, but we cracked them open all the same. Baileys Deliciously Light – So you want the decadence of Baileys, but not the calories (140 per 1.5-ounce serving, by the way)? You could consider the…

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Review: Luxardo Limoncello

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2021 |

Everyone should have a bottle of limoncello in the house, because you simply never know when you’re going to need it — either as a digestif or for the random recipe. Luxardo’s Limoncello is a fairly middle of the road expression of the classic Italian liqueur, a light but hazy yellow in color. The nose…

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Drinkhacker’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

By Christopher Null | November 25, 2021 |

Ready for Christmas? Ready for Christmas 2023, maybe? Our long day’s journey into night may have continued unabated this year, but we’re hopeful you’ve at least found some ability to get out of the house, maybe take a trip, and reconnect with friends and family this season. Naturally, you’re still not going to be able…

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Review: Luxardo Triplum Triple Sec Orange

By Christopher Null | November 15, 2021 |

Luxardo’s expression of triple sec — formally known as Triplum “triple sec orange” — follows the traditional recipe, using three types of dried citrus peels: “mainly curaçao (a bitter orange of the Dutch Antilles, from the island of that name), together with sweet oranges and mandarins.” The liqueur is double distilled, then additional ingredients are…

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Review: Botanika Angelica Liqueurs, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | November 14, 2021 |

The folks at Chopin Vodka have expanded into liqueurs, debuting five flavors under the new Botanika Angelica brand. All are made from a base of Chopin Rye Vodka and are infused with natural herbs, spices, and fruits, some rested in 50-year-old Polish oak vats before being bottled. We received the entire lineup for review. Thoughts follow.…

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