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 bottle of l'anisette liqueur from Raissac, which we believe was bottled in the 1940s. L'anisette was introduced in response to the ban on absinthe in 1915 and is the precursor to many of the anise flavoured spirits we know today.
The Danish entry in the Paterson's book range - a series of decanters containing spirits that defined a country. In this case a cherry liqueur, not something that Denmark is particularly known for today.
A litre of 1950s Goccia d'Oro, a citrus-based liqueur translating literally as 'Drop of Gold' from Italian producers Branca, who are considerably more famous for their Fernet and Menta bitter tonics. Evidently they have (or had) some other strings to their bow.