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.
An old bottling (at slightly higher strength) of Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal – a strange but beautiful liqueur made to an original 'elixir of life' recipe revived by the Carthusian monks in the 18th century. Recommended on a sugar cube or slightly diluted with sugary water.
Mint liqueur Get 27 has been one of France's foremost cremes de menthe since 1796 and is a rather darker green than our photo might suggest. 'Get' is pronounced 'Jet' in this case due to the Gallic origin of the brand, while the 27 refers to the original alcohol percentage, which was subsequently reduced. So really it should be called 'Get 21', but they probably didn't want to confuse people.
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.
Byrrh was founded in the 19th century in France and this Grand Quinquina is a wine-based aperitif, with no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the muscat base wine. Other ingredients include coffee, bitter orange and cocoa, as well as as the finest cinchona (quinine) barks. This is the kind of old-school cocktail ingredient that is really coming back into vogue.
As if almost single-handedly transforming the bitters category into a hotbed of innovation, and bottling ridiculously good ryes and fruit liqueurs weren't enough, here's The Bitter Truth's version of the Alpine herbal digestive liqueur, produced by the famous Dolin firm in Chambery, France (more famous for their vermouth). As always, the packaging is perfectly-judged - this Elixier will be a hit.
A liqueur made by infusing liquorice root in alcohol. This is intended as a postprandial drink. Evangelista is a family owned company founded by Mayor Antonio Evangelista in 1907 in the Chieti region of central Italy, a particularly cold mountainous area. He made a punch to a secret recipe that he would heat and serve to his friends and is still in production today.
A rum-based liqueur made in Jamaica for The Bittter Truth, Pimento dram is based on allspice (aka pimento or Jamaican pepper) and also includes the likes of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. A highly sought-after cocktail ingredient of yore.