Liqueur (Sweet Spirit)


Liqueur, and Cordial

Is a sweet alcoholic beverage, often flavored with fruit herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, roots, plants, barks, and sometimes cream

The word liqueur comes from the Latin word liquifacere which means "to dissolve". This refers to the dissolving of the flavorings used to make a liqueur. 

A liqueur is not usually aged for a long time period but may have resting periods during their production to allow flavors to marry.

In some parts of the world people use the words cordial and liqueur interchangeably. Thought in these places the two expressions both describe liquors made by redistilling spirits with aromatic flavorings and are usually highly sweetened, there are some different

While liqueur prepares with herbs, cordials are generally prepared with fruit pulp or juice. Nearly all liqueurs are quite sweet, with highly concentrated dessert flavors

How is it made

  • Any liquor that begins as a distilled spirit may be brandy, whisky, rum, natural spirits, or others. The flavorings may be combined with the spirit in different ways
  • Some liqueurs are prepared by infusing certain woods, fruits, or flowers, in either water or alcohol, and adding sugar or other items. 
  • Others are distilled with flavoring aromatic or flavoring agents
  • The sugar may be of several forms, including honey, maple syrup, and corn syrup.
  • The sugar content is the main thing that distinguishes liqueur from other types of spirit. It varies from 2,5 percent to as much as 35 percent by weight from one liqueur to another 
  • A liqueur with 10 percent or less sugar may be labeled ''Dry". Color is often added to colorless spirits
  • Color must be a natural vegetable coloring agent or approved food dye. 

Types of Liqueur 
  • There are many categories of liqueur including fruit liqueur, coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, schnapps liqueur, brandy liqueur, anise  liqueur, nuts flavored liqueur, and herbal liqueur
  • Schnapps are Cordial that are produced by mixing neutral grain spirit with fruit flavor or another flavor. Their alcohol content can be anywhere between 15%-50% ABV 
  • Anisette  or Anis is flavored liqueur that consumed in most Mediterranean Countries,  it's colorless because contain sugar and it's sweeter than dry

Brand of Liqueur
  • Absinthe: French liqueur is a distillate of a variety of herbs, including aniseed and wormwood
  • Amerreto: Italian liqueur almond flavored
  • Baileys: a cream-based liqueur begins as Irish whisky, with Irish cream added with flavoring and sweetness 
  • Chambord: a black raspberry-flavored liqueur from France
  • Cointreau: this is a brand name of liqueur that blends several types of citrus fruit including bitter orange
  • Kahlua: is a very popular coffee liqueur coming from Mexico
  • Tia Maria: is a coffee liqueur made in Italy from Jamaican Coffee
  • Galliano: is made in Italy from herbs and flour 

How it will be served 
    The liqueur is naturally after dinner drink, sweet and flavored 
  • a few are used as an aperitif 
  • a liqueur can be served as a "shooter" served in a shot glass
  • as an ingredient in mixed drinks or cocktail
  • or added to coffee 

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