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 »
American craft distillers Leopold Brothers blend their whiskey with the juice of both sweet and tart apples grown in New York state, before re-racking the mixture for further ageing. This results in a balanced apple whiskey or 'scrapple' delicious sipped over ice or in a Manhattan.
Packaged in a bottle shaped like a traditonal Incan goddess, Damiana is a liqueur made with the eponymous herb from Baha California in Mexico, and is (possibly spuriously) claimed by its makers to have been an ingredient in the first ever Margarita, before being usurped by triple sec. If anyone can cast any light on these claims, answers in the comments section below, please.
A 50cl bottle of apple eau de vie from traditional Dutch producer Lubberhuizen & Raaff. The distillery's location is actually a former fire station in the picturesque Betuwse region, the fruit coming from the orchards that surround the building.
Drambuie's longer aged whisky liqueur, made with whiskies aged for at least 15 years and with all the extra depth of flavour and general tastiness you'd hope that implies. One we're happy to see back on the shelves again.
Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur is made in Sicily and is produced by Leslie Gracie, the creator of Hendrick's Gin. Made by marrying the fresh essential oil of blood oranges with Italian lemon and neutral spirit before being lightly sweetened with natural sugar.
A litre bottle of Suze Saveur D'Autrefois, a spicy fruity liqueur made in the Thuir region of southern France since 1889. Made using wild yellow gentian from Auvergne, this is a secret ingredient of many an American bartender.
Legendre Herbsaint is an anise flavoured spirit. Created by two gentlemen from New Orleans, who learnt about absinthe making in France in the First World War (of which herbsaint is almost an anagram). This was intended to be an absinthe substitute after it was banned.
Baileys have teamed up with fashion designers to the stars Felder + Felder to create this ultra-stylish special edition of their famous cream liqueur. Baileys Felder + Felder Original comes with a mega-limited studded leather cuff from the trendy duo, but sadly only a couple of dozen of these are available in the UK.
Crème Yvette is a combination of four berries - blackberry, raspberry, blackcurrant and wild strawberry, all blended with dried violet petals from Provence. Produced near Bordeaux, this is an essential ingredient in many vintage cocktails.
A gift pack containing a bottle of Zwack Unicum and a pair of glasses. One of Hungary's national drinks, Unicum is a dark and bitter liqueur full of herbs and spices, perfect to sip chilled after a long dinner or as an aperitif to awake the appetite.