Whether you are a self-described liqueur fanatic, but always seem to stick to the same two or three brands that you know you love, or else are tired of plain old lagers and beer and are looking for something significantly tastier, then continue reading.
Here is a simple guide to the delicious world of luxury liqueurs.
What Is a Liqueur?
Essentially, the way you can distinguish and categorise a liqueur from other spirits and alcoholic drinks is that liqueurs are always, without exception, flavoured and sweetened and are always spirit or wine based.
There is a myriad of ways to create and refine a liqueur, by infusing either wine, gin, vodka, whisky, or other spirits with herbs, flowers, and fruits and/or spices.
Where Do Liqueurs Originate?
Liqueurs can originally be traced back to France, with the word liqueur translating from French as ‘to dissolve’ or ‘to liquefy’.
Originally, liqueurs were used to treat mild health issues and mainly as herbal remedies, before becoming more and more popular and finding their way into French cafes to be served regularly.
Soon, Europeans the continent over were drinking various flavoured liqueurs after their meals to complete their dining experience and to aid digestion. In the modern day, people all over the world drink liqueurs at any time of the day and they are now an integral part of the cocktail and alcoholic drinks culture.
Not only that, but a delicious and exquisitely presented bottle of personalised liqueur from Oxton Liqueurs Company makes for the perfect gift for a loved one and if you are lucky, they may even offer to share it with you.
How to Find a Quality Liqueur
When looking for the perfect drink to have at the table at your next dinner party, or indeed to give as a gift, there are certain things to look for in the liqueur, most of which can be found by reading the bottle, or in some cases, researching the product online.
Additionally, it is also worth pointing out that different liqueurs suit different occasions and go with different types of food and other drinks. Bloody Mary is particularly salty and slightly acidic, making it perfect for an accompaniment to your Sunday dinner, fruity and fresh liqueurs are the ideal drink to go with your next boozy brunch, and a classic coffee-based liqueur is the only way to finish off the evening with friends and family.
The Most Expensive Liqueurs in the World
As with everything else, not just food and drink related, there are cheaper options in terms of the type of liqueur you would like to purchase and enjoy and more expensive options and in the latter category, the prices some liqueurs are sold for are truly astounding.
The top five most expensive liqueurs in the world include the following:
- D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme
- Mendis Coconut Brandy
- Gout de Diamantes
- Mr Black Single Origin Coffee Liqueur
- Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie