Liqueur is a type of sweetened alcoholic beverage that is flavoured with a variety of ingredients, including fruits, herbs, spices, nuts, and cream. It is typically lower in alcohol content than other spirits, around 15-50% alcohol by volume (ABV), and is often consumed as a digestif, a dessert drink, or as an ingredient in cocktails.
Liqueur is made by mixing distilled spirits, such as brandy or neutral spirits, with natural or artificial flavourings, sweeteners, and other ingredients. The mixture is then aged and/or filtered to produce the final product.
There are many different styles and flavours of liqueur, ranging from classic fruit-based liqueurs like triple sec and Cointreau, to nut-based liqueurs like Frangelico and Amaretto, to cream-based liqueurs like Baileys Irish Cream. Some liqueurs are also flavoured with coffee, chocolate, or other sweets, and are sometimes used in baking and cooking.
Liqueur is produced all over the world, with many countries having their own traditional styles and flavors. Some countries, such as France, have a long history of producing liqueurs, while others, like the United States, have a more recent history of liqueur production.
In cocktails, liqueurs are often used as mixers, flavorings, or sweeteners, and can greatly enhance the flavor and aroma of a drink. They are also sometimes consumed neat, on the rocks, or mixed with other ingredients to create unique and flavorful drinks.