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Liqueurs

Liqueur

 

Originally made to mask the poor quality of early spirits, liqueurs are a sweet and versatile drink for all sorts of occasions

 

While liqueurs were always traditionally seen as a drink to have with (or over) a dessert, the last century has seen liqueurs playing an essential role in cocktail recipes, and more recently has found a place in some innovative cuisine .

 

When spirits were first distilled for drinking purposes it is likely there was a harshness and roughness to these early spirits especially given that long maturation was either unheard of or so expensive that very few did it. To solve this, fruits, herbs and honey were added to override the worst of a spirit's nature and create a pleasant, sweet drink with a bit of a kick. Furthermore, it was an excellent way of preserving the natural seasonal bounty of local fruits so they could be enjoyed all year round.

 

Eventually, as refining methods became more efficient, cheaper and easier, people began to mix ingredients with the spirits that would allow the flavours to blend together rather than suppress each other. Cream was also introduced to create a thicker liqueur that simply allowed spirits like whisky to shine with its own flavours. These developments made amazing drinks that worked well by themselves or simply over ice.

 

Currently, the law requires 100 grams of sugar per litre, but the lack of any other restrictions has allowed drinks companies to make their own branded liqueurs, balancing their spirits with ingredients to make signature flavours, and has allowed liqueurs to develop into a fantastic style in their own right.

 

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We've put this into our liqueur section but Aelder is something beyond a sticky sweet confection of neutral alcohol, some fruit and lots and lots of sugar.
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Aelder
£24.95
Amandine is an almond liqueur with fine de Provence and cherry, peach and vanilla infusions.
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Amandine
£26.95
First created in 1895, this liqueur has more than stood the test of time. It's recipe is a closely guarded secret but we do know that over 40 different botanicals are used in its production.
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Amaro Montenegro
£20.95
This aromatic Scottish rum liqueur is made by people behind Aelder Elixir and is infused with sweet rosehip and wild Scottish herbs creating a balance of fresh floral fruitiness and sweet herbal under ...
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Amarosa
£24.95
This fiery Mexican liqueur is made of poblano chiles that are fire-roasted and macerated with neutral sugar cane spirit from Veracruz, Mexico.
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Ancho Reyes
£34.95
This fiery Mexican liqueur is made from sun-dried ancho chillies, macerated with neutral cane spirit from Veracruz, Mexico.
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Ancho Reyes
£36.50
An Italian aperitif, originally formulated in the 1920's in Italy, using spirit and mascerating it with bitter and sweet oranges, herbs and roots (including rhubarb).
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Aperol
Aperol 11% 70cl
£13.95
A mixture of Arran Single Malt whisky, and Scottish dairy cream. One of our favourite cream liqueurs.
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Arran
£19.95
Averna Amaro bitters are traditionally enjoyed as a digestif, after a particularly indulgent Italian meal.
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Averna
£20.95
Benedictine is a rich and intense herbal liqueur produced originally by French monks as an elixir that helped to sustain them at work.
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Benedictine
£28.95
A falernum is a syrup flavoured with spices and flavours traditional to the Caribbean (almond, ginger and vanilla tend to be the most dominant flavours) designed to be an addition to fruity rum punche ...
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Bitter Truth
£21.95
Created by two German cocktail bartenders in 2006, the Bitter Truth company started by creating cocktail bitters, following in the footsteps of Angostura, amongst others.
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Bitter Truth
£21.95
Created by two German cocktail bartenders in 2006, the Bitter Truth company started by creating cocktail bitters, following in the footsteps of Angostura, amongst others.
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Bitter Truth
£21.95
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Bitter Truth
£21.95
A perfect summer liqueur made with small batches of Boe Superior gin. Fresh berries and peach are the ideal addition to a cool glass of Prosecco or to give a bit of sweetness to long cocktail.
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A classic Italian liqueur made with the best Arabica and Robusta coffee beans.
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Borghetti
£21.95
Created by Mike and Jason from Edinburgh's award-winning Bramble Bar, the Braemble combines London Dry Gin with Scottish brambles for a fantastic, versatile and damn good looking liqueur.
STAFF PICK
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Braemble
£24.95
Based on the same bitter herbal recipe of Fernet Branca, Branca Menta has additional peppermint flavour.
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Branca
Branca Menta 32% 70cl
£24.95
The iconic Italian Bitter liqueur, Campari was invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari.
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Campari
Campari 25% 70cl
£16.95
Chambord liqueur is made of the finest blackberries and raspberries, married together with French XO cognac, extracts of Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel and honey.
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Chambord
£26.50
Green Chartreuse was invented in 1764 by French monks based on ancient manuscript "Elixir of Long Life" describing how to blend, infuse, macerate the 130 of them to form a perfect balanced t ...
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Chartreuse
£39.95
This herbal elixir is made from 130 different herbs and plants and is based on a ancient recipe from a manuscript given to Chartreuse Monks by Maréchal d’Estrées in 1605.
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Chartreuse
£14.95
From the Italian region of Ciociara, rich in herbs and spices comes this rich and herbal liqueur.
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CioCiaro
£22.95
Cointreau is, quite simply, one of the classic triple sec which has endured for well over a century.
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Cointreau
Cointreau 40% 70cl
£24.95
A rich smooth liqueur made with new-make malt spirit from the Cotswolds distillery and fresh Irish cream.
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Cotswolds
£24.95
Who else can make a great ginger liqueur if not the folks who created the Crabbie's famous Green Ginger Wine?
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Crabbies
£19.95
From producers of the famous ginger beers and wines comes this warming mulled wine, the blend of Green Ginger Wine, British Ruby Wine and natural ginger, spices and citrus fruits.
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Crabbies
£7.50
Based on an old recipe dating back to 1858 and created from Scottish raspberries, blackcurrants and ginger, Crabbie's Wild Berry Liqueur provides sweet and spicy flavours ideal for a fruity refreshing ...
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Crabbies
£19.95
From the award winning team behind Edinburgh's Bramble and Lucky Liquor Co cocktail bars comes this purist take on a coffee liqueur.
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Cross Brew
£24.95
This pineapple gin liqueur is made by distilling fresh Scottish juniper and fresh pineapple which is then matured in Pedro Ximenez casks with roasted fresh pineapple, ginger and thyme.
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Crossbill
£32.95
Cynar is an Italian bitter liqueur in the Amaro category, so good as an after dinner drink, or in cocktails.
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Cynar
£12.95
This spiced mocha liqueur from Scotland's first rum distillery does exactly what it says on the bottle.
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Dark Matter
£17.95
Take Dark Matter's white rum, throw in some fresh, tart rhubarb, and top with a little ginger and a light sprinkling of spice.
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Dark Matter
£17.95
The Dubliner Irish Honeycomb Liqueur is a smooth and sweet blend of Irish whiskey, honeycomb and caramel flavours.
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Dubliner
£19.95
One of the most popular products we sell. Partly because of our location of course, but mainly because people cannot get enough of this nostalgic flavour combination.
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