In the early days of cocktail-making orange liqueurs emerged as the most popular ingredients, figuring in a vast array of cocktails. Cointreau still remains one of the most famous liqueurs in the world - but nowadays, orange liqueurs are just a small part of a vast array of fruit liqueurs from all over the world.
A range of unusual liqueurs developed by Gabriel Boudier for use in the 3-Michelin-Starred restaurants run by the Bernard Loiseau group. Gingerbread and blackcurrant liqueur - sounds pretty good, right?
Over 200 grams of sloe berries go into each bottle of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's 2014 vintage Sloe Gin. These are combined with botanicals including orange peel and cinnamon, which are infused with spirit produced in a pot still.
Grant's Morella Cherry Brandy was first produced in Kent in 1774, so they know what they're doing by now. The brand holds a Royal Warrant from The Prince of Wales, is mentioned in The Pickwick Papers and was also a favourite tipple of Queen Victoria, whose portrait appears on the packaging.
The second in Sipsmith's range of fruit liqueurs, following up the very successful (and really rather tasty) sloe gin. This is a sweetened infusion of Damsons in their barley based vodka for a clean fruity burst.
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.
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.
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.
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.