Although connoisseurs of wines and spirit
tend to frown upon liqueurs, they are favoured as polite,
attractive and digestive drinks with which we finish our meals.
In the US, liqueurs are also known as cordials but are more
popularly defined as flavoured and sweetened spirits. The word
liqueur has originated from the Latin word LIQUIFACERE meaning
to dissolve. This actually refers to the flavouring, material
dissolving in the spirits. The word cordial stems from the Latin
word CORDIALS, which means pertaining to the heart as early
examples of these were used to stimulate the circulatory system.
Liqueurs can be divided into many different types. But, they are
most easily categorized by the flavour, type and characteristic
styles. Based on flavour and style, you could get Fruit
flavoured liqueurs, individual plant flavoured liqueurs,
herb-flavoured liqueurs, liquor-flavoured liqueurs and Cream
Every Liqueur starts with a base spirit, more often than not, a
neutral spirit. Flavours can be impregnated into the spirit by
distillation, percolation or maceration. After the flavour has
been set, the liqueur is sweetened and then diluted. No ageing
periods are required. However, a little resting period is
recommended after each step in the production process.
The list of good liqueurs is endless
but the following are the more popular varieties:
: Aniseed flavoured, colourless
: Brandy based, flavoured with a variety of plants.
/ Grand mariner : Orange flavoured, neutral spirit from
de menthe : Mint flavoured, commonly green but could be
colourless, gold or even red!
: Golden coloured, whiskey based with a blend of herbs and
: Coffee flavoured Mexican origin.
Maria: Jamaican rum liqueur, flavoured with coffee.
1) On which liqueur bottle will one come across the
2) What colour is Cointreau?
3) Which liqueur has Gold Leaf floating in it?
4) Which liqueur had the reputation of being called a
5) What is SloeGin?
6) What does B&B stand for?
7) What is the popular Japanese drink Saki made from?
8) Which is the famous orange flavoured liqueur, which in
Italian means The Witch?
9) What is the flavouring in Midori?
10) Chartreuse was originally made by monks. What colourd
do they come in?
1) Benedictine. It stands for Deo Optimo Maximo meaning
‘To God, Most Good, Most Great’
3) A German liqueur Goldwasser, citrus and caraway
4) Crème de menthe
5) This is not a Gin, but a sloeberry flavoured liqueur.
6) Brandy & Benedictine. B&B is a drink than Benedictine
10) Yellow and Green