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 »
Ricard is almost unknown in the UK, yet it is the third-best selling spirit in the world. A pastis with strong liquorice and aniseed flavours, Ricard is delicious when diluted with very cold water. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.
An intriguing Texas Spirit from artisanal distillers Balcones. Made by fermenting and distilling local wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar, this unique drink has elements reminiscent of Tequila, Scotch whisky, Cognac and Rum.
A magnum of Sipsmith's marvellous high-strength rival to the mighty P*mm's, made with their own top quality London-distilled small batch gin and lovingly crafted into a beverage that requires merely some fruit (think citrus and strawberries), a sprig or two of mint, some sliced cucumber and a splash of lemonade for the perfect sultry summer's evening.
A 1970s bottling of Italy's famous Liquore Strega. First released in the 1860s, the ingredients for the uniquely tasting Strega are entirely natural. A total of 70 herbs and spices are in the recipe, including Florentine Iris and Italian Apennine Juniper. The blended liqueur is then aged in ash barrels for the flavours to marry.
Ricard is almost unknown in the UK, yet it is the third-best selling spirit in the world. A pastis with strong liquorice and aniseed flavours, Ricard is delicious when diluted with very cold water. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
A bottle of Luxardo Triple Secco Liqueur. Founded in 1821, Lucxardo have been well respected liqueur makers for well over a century. This is a blend of three types of oranges (hence the name) and we estimate was bottled in the 1970s.
A bottle of Driolo Maraschino. The company is more famous for their collectable hand painted decanters, but historically they were suppliers to normal European royal households. In fact King George IV of England deliberately routed his ships via the city of Zara to bring some back. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1940s.