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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Originally made to mask the poor quality of early spirits, liqueurs are a sweet and versatile drink for all sorts of occasions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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Edmond Briottet
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One of the smaller distillers in Scotland, Edradour take their fine Scottish Single Malt Whisky and mix it with Scottish cream. The distillery is nearby to our Drinkmonger Pitlochry shop.
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Edradour
£18.95
Esprit de Figue is premium fresh fig liqueur made from Violette de Bordeaux Figs. Crafted for over 150 years in family owned distillery in Burgundy this sweet and elegant liqueur has gained appreciati...
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Esprit de Figues
£29.95
This sweet fruity liqueur is made from kumquat, an exotic citrus fruit from Southeast Asia and its tree is seen as symbol of good luck. This Fair Kumquat Liqueur would be ideal substitution of orange ...
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Fair
£18.95
The French independent spirit brand Fair has mission to create high quality products that are sourced in ethical ans sustainable way. The organically grown coffee beans used in Fair Cafe Liqueur come ...
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Fair
£22.95
Acai Liqueur is part of the fair trade range of French company Fair. It's made of acai berries - an exotic fruit, indigenous to the Amazon Forrest, that contains a lot of antioxidants, fiber and heart...
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Fair
£16.95
This liqueur produced by French Fairtrade company has been made using Goji berries. This Asian fruit has been recognised as one of the most nutritious fruits in the world and becomes more and more pop...
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Fair
£15.95
Translating to "The Charming Hummingbird". This is a mix of fresh grape juice and cognac all from the same vines made by Fanny Fougerat at her family vineyards. A delicious aperitif.
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Farigoule flavored digestive liqueur from the Haute-Provence region produced with wild thyme. Farigoule is the provincial name for thyme which is also the emblem of this French region.
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Farigoule
£31.50
First created in the 1850's by the Branca family, and still ran by that family. Fernet Branca is an Italian bitter liqueur, which contains 27 different herbs and spices, which are macerated in alc...
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Fernet Branca
£28.50
Canadian Whiskey, mixed with a hot spicy cinnamon mix. This stuff is really hot, and ideal if you have a cold. Definitely one to be careful with.
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Fireball
£19.95
An Irish Cream liqueur produced in Cork, from locally sourced cream and triple distilled Irish whiskey. The cream is sourced from 5 family owned farms in County Cork. We thought it was lovely and rich...
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Five Farms Cream Liqueur
£28.95
One of the best selling liqueurs in the World, Frangelico starts off as Piemonte hazelnuts (also used for hazelnut chocolate creams). They take these hazelnuts, toast them and crush them, before mixin...
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Frangelico
£16.95
This delicious elderflower liqueur, with a strong floral character, is part of Gabriel Boudier's Bartender range.
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Gabriel Boudier
£13.95
This liqueur from Gabriel Boudier's Bartender range incorporates Williams Pears, by macerating the fruit in alcohol before adding a little sugar.
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Gabriel Boudier
£16.95
Cremes de Fraises is a liqueur made of selected strawberry varieties, including the lesser-spotted wild strawberry, macerated in alcohol.
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Gabriel Boudier
£14.50
This sweet liqueur created by famous Gabriel Boudier is made of selected raspberry varieties from Scotland and Burgundy.
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Gabriel Boudier
£13.95
This delicious liqueur from Gabriel Boudier is made by macerating selected white peach varieties in neutral alcohol, then adding a little sugar.
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Gabriel Boudier
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Gabriel Boudier
£14.95
How very sophisticated! Fancy tea and booze in one lovely bottle.
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Gabriel Boudier
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This Italian herbal liqueur named after Giuseppe Galliano, an Italian hero of First Italo-Ethiopian war, is made by blending a natural spirit with natural herbs such as: Mediterranean Anise, Juniper, ...
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Galliano
£18.95
Parfait Triple Sec is liqueur made of sweet and bitter oranges produced by French distillery Giffard. Zesty, fresh and aromatic liqueur.
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Giffard
£14.95
The docks of in Leith, Edinburgh, were once the heart of the whisky industry, where some of the finest malt and grain whisky were warehoused and blended. Many other goods from exotic locations, includ...
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Glayva
£28.95
Created in 1880, Grand Marnier is a liqueur which has stood the test of time. Seen in just about every bar in the world the mixture of cognac and tropical oranges has delighted palates for generations...
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Grand Marnier
£30.95
Heering Cherry Liqueur has been produced by Danish manufacturer Peter Heering since 1818. The company is purveyor to the Royal Danish Court and Queen Elizabeth II with their product being recognised a...
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Heering
£27.95
Originally created as an absinthe-substitute in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1934, this anise-flaboured liqueur is produced now by Sazerac Company. Name Herbsaint comes from French/Creole "Sacred Tree" a...
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Herbsaint
£39.95
If Holyrood's Spiced Gin wasn't quite zesty enough for you, here is your solution! They have combined the base of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and allspice with Italian blood orange and warming fennel to c...
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Holyrood's Auld Tam Gin has sweet notes of peach, vanilla and delicate floral notes go very well with natural apricot but it is the subtle touch of ginger spiciness that make this liqueur extremely dr...
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Adding Scottish raspberries to their Holyrood Pink Gin has doubled up the fruitiness of this liqueur. Luckily the sweetness was perfectly balanced with sun ripened lemons from Italy which also bring o...
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This sweet and refreshing liqueur was created by adding natural rhubarb to the juniper led, zesty Holyrood Dry Gin along with a pinch of black pepper grown in Sarawak, Malaysia. Can be enjoyed on its ...
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This intriguing Mexican liqueur is made using fermented Guanabana fruit which tastes like a combination of strawberry, pineapple and coconut. It's great tropical, refreshing drink that brings back sum...
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Irish Whiskey Liqueurs have been drank in Ireland for hundreds of years. Irish Mist first appeared on the market in the late 1940's. It is a blend of Irish whiskey, honey and aromatic spices.
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Irish Mist
£26.50
Isfjord Malt Aquavit is made with the purest water in the word sourced from Greenland's icebergs and interesting composition of additional ingredients including: Bourbon vanilla, cane sugar, honey, el...
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Isfjord
£31.95

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