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A class of spirit that is usually sweet and often served after dinner. It is produced by either mixing or redistilling spirits with natural ingredients such as fruits, plants, flowers, chocolate, or sometimes cream. sugar must be at least 2.5% of the contents by weight.

Historically, liqueurs derive from herbal medicines, often those prepared by monks, as Benedictine. Liqueurs were made in Italy as early as the 13th century.

Some liqueurs are prepared by infusing certain woods, fruits, or flowers, in either water or alcohol, and adding sugar, etc. Others are distilled from aromatic or flavoring agents. The distinction between liqueur and liquor is not simple, especially since many liquors are available in a flavored form today. Flavored liquors, however, are not prepared by infusion. Alcohol content is not a distinctive feature. At 15 to 30%, most liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than liquor, but some liqueurs have an alcohol content as high as 55% (absinthe, for example). dessert wine, on the other hand, may taste like a liqueur, but contains no additional flavoring.


Liqueurs may be drunk neat, often during or after dessert, or may be used in cocktails or cooking.

Creme de Banane

Recipes: Cordials and Liqueurs

External links

Liqueurweb - How to make liqueur yourself

Comprehensive coverage of most liqueurs