The term ‘liqueur’ refers to all alcoholic beverages which contain added sugar and flavors. Liqueurs usually have an alcoholic content ranging from 15% - 55% and are usually flavored with fruits, nuts, herbs and even flowers. Liqueurs are generally served after a meal and the most common accompaniment is coffee.

Mentioned below are some of the most popular types of liqueur.

Coffee Liqueurs

  • Kahlua – This liqueur originates from Mexico. It is a rum based liqueur flavored with coffee and it has a very sweet taste. It also contains undertones of vanilla.
  • Sheridan’s – This is a unique brand of liqueur produced in Dublin, Ireland. The glass bottle contains two separate sections – one section is filled with black coffee liqueur while the other contains white chocolate liqueur.
  • Allen’s Coffee Brandy – This liqueur is manufactured by M.S Walker and it is hugely popular in Maine, New England.
  • Kamora – This liqueur is manufactured in Mexico and it is less sweet and cheaper than Kahlua.
  • Tia Maria – This is a coffee based liqueur made in Jamaica. The key ingredients are Jamaican coffee beans, vanilla, sugar and cane spirit.

  • Chocolate Liqueurs

    There are three types of Chocolate liqueurs – chocolate, chocolate cream and crème de cacao.

  • Liqueur Fogg – This chocolate flavored liqueur is manufactured in Brazil in Rio Grande do Sul. It was first produced in 1930 and its recipe has remained unchanged since then.
  • Godiva Liqueur – Godiva is a world famous chocolate making company. Godiva liqueur is manufactured exclusively using Godiva chocolate.
  • Sabra Liqueur – Manufactured in Israel, this liqueur has an alcoholic content of 30%. The main flavors are orange and chocolate.
  • Djangoa – This one of a kind liqueur is produced using dark chocolate and aniseed. It is produced and bottled by Period Ricardo.
  • Mozart Black – This liqueur is produced in Austria and it has a bittersweet taste with notes of vanilla. Other types of liqueurs manufactured by Mozart are Mozart Gold Chocolate liqueur and Mozart Black Chocolate liqueur.
  • Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur – The key ingredients of this liqueur are cream, Dutch chocolate and vodka.
  • Crème de Cacao – This liqueur originates from France and contrary to popular perception, it does not contain any cream. The word crème refers to its thick, syrupy consistency.

  • Berry Liqueurs

  • Crème de Cassis – This liqueur is made using blackcurrants and dark red liqueur.
  • Lakka Liqueur – This type of liqueur is produced in Finland. It derives its name from the Finnish word lakka which means cloudberry.
  • Razzmattaz – Manufactured by Deykuper Royal distillers, Razzmattaz is manufactured using raspberries and is often used in mixing cocktails.
  • Murtado – This liqueur is made from strawberry myrtle which is indigenous to Chile.
  • Sloe Gin – The main ingredients of this red colored liqueur are gin and blackthorn drupes. It has an alcoholic content ranging from 15 to 30 %.
  • Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur – The principal ingredients of this liqueur are black raspberries, honey, cognac, vanilla and citrus peel.

  • Cream Liqueurs

  • Bailey’s Irish Cream – This is one of the most well known types of liqueur. As the name suggests, Bailey’s Irish cream is made using two principle ingredients – Irish Whisky and cream.
  • Ponche Cream – This rum based liqueur is manufactured in Trinidad and in Venezuela. The basic ingredients are rum, cream, milk, eggs and sugar.
  • Advocaat – This is a yellow colored liqueur of Dutch origin. It is quite creamy in texture and contains egg yolks, brandy, sugar and a few spices.
  • Heather cream – This liqueur was first manufactured in 1980 by Inver House Distillers. The two main ingredients are cream and Scottish Single Malt whisky.
  • Vana Tallin – This rum based liqueur is manufactured in Estonia by Liviko. It is dark brown in color and has undertones of vanilla, cinnamon and citrus.

  • Fruit Liqueurs

  • Cherry Brandy – This liqueur is often used in the preparation of deserts. Denmark is famous for producing some of the best cherry liqueurs.
  • Peach Schnapps – This peach flavored liqueur is a commonly used in cocktails, especially shooters. It works quite well with cranberry or orange juice.
  • Curacao – This liqueur originates from the island of Curacao which is located in the West Indies. Although it is an orange based liqueur, it is available in several exotic colors such as blue, green, red and orange.
  • Banana Liqueur – This banana flavored liqueur has a bright yellow color and undertones of almond and vanilla. It is also known as crème de banana and is often used in making desserts.
  • Apricot Brandy – This is made using apricot flesh or kernels and cognac. It also has undertones of almond.
  • Limoncello – This lemon flavored liqueur originates from Southern Italy. It has an alcohol content of 31 to 32%.
  • Manzana Verde – This liqueur has Spanish origins. The word manzana means apples while verde means green.

  • Other Types of Liqueurs

    There are several other types of liqueurs such as nut liqueurs, flower liqueurs, herbal liqueurs etc.

  • Amaretto – This is a sweet, almond flavored liqueur made from apricot pits. It originated in Italy and derived its name from the word ‘amaro’ which means bitter.
  • Rosilio – This liqueur originates from Italy. It is made with equal parts of sugar water and alcohol and is then flavored with rose petals.
  • Anisette – This anise flavored liqueur is popular in Spain Italy and France. It has a clear consistency and high alcoholic content. When mixed with water – it turns white in color and its taste becomes much more enjoyable.
  • Galliano – The yellow color of this herbal liqueur is meant to resemble the gold rush of the 1890s. It is made from 30 herbs and is named after the heroic Italian warrior – Giuseppe Galliano.
  • Tennessee Honey – This liqueur is made using Tennessee whisky and honey.

  • Due to their syrupy texture, high alcohol content and sweet taste, most types of liqueur are generally served in small glasses. Liqueurs should not be confused with fruit brandy and flavored ‘liquors’ as these do not contain added sugar.

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