If you go back in history, it’s the monks of the middle ages who we have to thank for today’s vast range of liquers. They endeavoured to create drinks and tonics that promote good health and did so by adding various herbs and roots to a base spirit. And believe it or not, many of those concoctions — such as Chartreuse — have survived the test of time.
For many people, a liqueur (not to be mistaken for a 'liquor') is just a tasty cocktail ingredient or something to drink after a meal as a digestif. However, the truth is that this category of drinks is immensely diverse, unique, and encompasses a wide range of spirits.
To qualify as a liqueur, a drink must:
1) Be based on a spirit. Liqueurs can be made with everything from whisky, vodka, brandy, rum, or tequila.
2) Contain additional ingredients such as fruits, herbs and spices for a more distinct and intense flavour.
3) Be of at least 15% alcohol by volume and contain at least 100g of sugar per litre (this is a required by European law).
Liqueurs were once believed to have possessed medicinal qualities, until the 20th century when their popularity skyrocketed amidst the cocktail scene. These days, liqueurs are used for cocktails, after-dinner digestifs, desserts, and much more.
Much like the majority of other spirits, liqueurs can be used in cocktails, served neat, with coffee or even used for cooking — so it’s safe to say that they’re one of the most versatile spirits available.
At DrinkFinder, we stock a vast range of liqueurs, all of which differ significantly when it comes to flavour and characteristics. So if you’re looking to buy liqueurs online, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a specific style of liqueur or would like some more information about any of the drinks we stock, don’t hesitate to get in touch!