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Liqueurs, herbal or spice-flavored

Also known as



Generic for a bottled preparation of distilled spirits, sweetening, and flavor components. Originally herbal (for preservation reasons) now liqueurs are flavored with no end of things from fruits, nuts, berries, seeds, herbs & grasses, barks, vegetables, spices, and the spirits themselves. In some old texts, "cordial" refers either to preparations in which flavoring was added by infusion (cold soaking) instead of maceration (hot soaking) or to preparations to which flavoring was added by infusion AND maceration - but not distillation. Still others suggest cordials are nonalcoholic while liqueurs contain alcohol. In truth, the terms are now virtually synonymous.


Generally available.

Usage examples

This ingredient appears in 29 recipes in CocktailDB.
pictureGinger Mist
pictureAngel's Dream
pictureBanman Cocktail
pictureHot Buttered Rum Variation
pictureSouth African "sundowner" Cocktail
pictureKing Edward

Museum of the American Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail 2006
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