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 very posh cherry liqueur from Luxardo, made using sour Marasca cherries and aged for two years in oak vats. Nicknamed 'Sangue Morlacco' (Morlacco's Blood) by Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio in 1919 in honour of the Morlaccos - warriors who fought for the Republic of Venice against the Turks. Great served in a Blood & Sand or Singapore Sling cocktail or just on its own with a cube of ice.
A cinnamon-flavoured liqueur from Rock Town. This blends their unaged corn-based Arkansas Lightning with cinnamon flavours. Something that has been made illicitly throughout Arkansas for generations, hence the strapline "just like granddaddy used to make" on the label.
Possibly the best known and most prestigious French liqueur in the world. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is delicate blend of fine cognacs from the best growing areas and distilled essence of wild tropical oranges.
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 2013 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.
Bismark Schnapps is made by distilling wheat and rye in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Similar to vodka, but distilled to a lower strength, leaving some of the cereal flavours in the schnapps.