Historically, the credit for the development of liqueurs goes to the monks of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, who created various tonics and beverages to promote health by experimenting with combinations of roots and herbs mixed with a spirit base. Many of those products, including Chartreuse & Benedictine, have survived to this day. Read More »
A traditionally made Thyme liqueur from Provence, made with wild thyme and small amounts of other herbs before being sweetened with sugar. Wonderful serve iced, in coffee or poured over sorbet, it's also a useful cooking ingredient, bringing sweet herbs to fried dishes.
A limited edition liqueur from the bitters specialists at Bittermens, turning an accidental cinnamon overdose in a test batch of their Amère Nouvelle into a winter warmer. An orange and gentian liqueur, heavily spiced with cinnamon and great for wintery drinks.
Continuing the success of the last couple of years this is the 2012 vintage of Sipsmith's Sloe Gin. Made from their award-winning gin and rather a lot of sloe berries it's a big and fruity liqueur that's great for summer drinking on ice or nursing in front of the fire in winter.
Bittermens Amère Nouvelle is an American interpretation of a classic Alsatian liqueur. Made with bitter orange, gentian and other spices, this will works in classic cocktails such as the Brooklyn and Liberal.
A bottle of Warner Edwards SloeGin, produced by Tom Warner and Sion Edwards in a barn in the Northamptonshire village of Harrington. This combines their Dry Gin – with the main three botanicals of juniper, coriander and cardamom – and handpicked sloes from England and Wales.
Created by Mark Douglas Hill, Bloodshot Vodka spirit is distilled from wheat, firstly in the UK's tallest tower still and then in a copper pot still that's over 100 years old. Botanicals including chipotle chillies, black pepper, lemon peel and cayenne pepper are macerated in the vodka for 36 hours. This, when blended with lemon, lime, Worcestershire sauce and Port, result in a spicy and fiery drink.
Joustra Beerenburg Extra is produced by adding a secret mix of herbs to jenever. The term 'extra' refers to the extra alcohol (3% more than the standard expression). Hailing from the Friesland province of the Netherlands, this is excellent as a digestif.
A Portugese liqueur made by combining honey and arbutus unedo spirit with a selection of mountain herbs. The mixture is aged for a minimum of 6 months in casks previously used for aging port. The strict following of these traditionally methods are what has earned this drink numerous gold medals in international spirits competitions.
A rum based liqueur, made by combining Bielle's agricole rhum with cane sugar syrup and natural flavours. Made on the island of Marie Galante, which lies off the south eastern coast of Guadeloupe, this makes a fantastic digestif.
A range of unusual liqueurs developed by Gabriel Boudier for use in the 3-Michelin-starred restaurants run by the Bernard Loiseau group. This version has combined sloe and elderberry which sounds superb.