A brilliantly diverse category, encompassing the monastic liqueurs like Chartreuse alongside Italian classics such as Amaretto and Sambuca, cult drinks like Jagermeister and old stagers like Kummel. Many herb liqueurs contain dozens of different ingredients, the exact constitution and combination of which is invariably a jealously-guarded secret.
Made to an original Latvian recipe, Kummel Mentzendorff is a classic caraway-based liqueur now produced in France by the Loire's famous Combier distillery. Serve chilled to within an inch of its life after a hearty meal.
High quality mint liqueur from French artisan producer. All the Briottet range have proper 'real' fruit (or, in this case, herb) flavour integrity - they taste like the fruit / herb itself, not some confected approximation. Highly recommended. This white version won't turn your cocktails a funny colour like the green one would.
A traditional winter tea based liqueur/cordial from Austria's Stroh, better known for their rum. This is a blend of spirit, tea, sugar and fruit that's great when mixed 1 part to 4 parts of hot water for a warming punch.
A drink declared to be "The world's first gin liqueur" and created by Christopher and James Hayman, descendants of Beefeater's legendary founder, James Burrough. High strength and sweet, it works well served neat or on the rocks, as well as a base for long drinks and cocktails.
What a brilliant idea - a set of tiny 2cl bottles of five different flavours from Bitter Truth's range, including Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter, Celery, Creole, Orange and Aromatic bitters. Perfect for pepping up a dull drink in a bar or at a party.
Among the native wildflowers found in the Alps are the Queen Charlotte and March Violets. Elegant in its simplicity, this authentic Crème de Violette captures their fragrance, vibrant colors, and taste. Enjoy this liqueur in classic cocktails such as the Blue Moon or Aviation, or as an ingredient in continental cuisine.
A famed Portugese liqueur flavoured with a secret recipe of herbs and spices from all over the world. Massively popular in Portugal it's drunk neat, in cocktails and used in recipes for cakes and desserts.
A grapefruit bitters with a twist - playing on the grapefruity nature of many hop varieties, this has high alpha-acid (the bitter bit) hop and grapefruit peel as part of the mix to give a big vegetal bitterness.
A very special botanical spirit launched by bartending legend Alex Kammerling. This light spirit (33%) contains no fewer than 45 botanicals, with the main ingredients including fresh grapefruit peels and manuka honey alongside 4 different types of ginseng. Recommended with tonic, bitter lemon and ginger beer (not all at once, obviously).
A cult Czech herbal liqueur, Becherovka's recipe is, as with every herby liqueur, a well-kept secret, although we suspect there's at least some anise and cinnamon in the mix. It's great served as a frozen shot, or with tonic water.