Learn Your Liqueurs
Concise descriptions of the most popular liqueurs used in creating cocktails and mixed drinks.
Which Liqueurs are Essential in Your Bar?
Readers share their favorite and essential liqueurs that are always in stock in their bars.
What is Schnapps?
Schnapps is a type of distilled spirit that is typically higher proof and less sweet than liqueurs and available in a variety of flavors.
Absinthe FAQs and Cocktails
Absinthe is an anise-flavored liqueur with a notorious reputation for being too potent and, frankly, dangerous. The once outlawed green spirit has seen a comeback in recent years and is now respected enough to be mainstream and used in some fascinating cocktails.
Advocaat is a liqueur from Holland made of egg yolks, brandy, sugar and vanilla.
Amaretto is a popular almond flavored liqueur that is commonly found in cocktail recipes and should be considered essential for any bar. Read more and find drink recipes.
Amaro Averna Liqueur
Amaro Averna Liqueur is a popular Italian digestif made of herbs, roots and spices with caramel.
Amer Picon is a bitter aperitif brand produced in France with a distinct flavor marked by orange. It was used in many classic cocktails, though is now rare to find, especially outside of Europe.
Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
Bärenjäger is a honey liqueur made in Germany that is based on a mead-like spirit dating back to the 15th century.
Made of herbs, roots and sugar with a Cognac base.
Bols Yogurt Liqueur
Released 2013, Bols Yogurt Liqueur is a unique distilled spirit that is made from fresh yogurt. Read the review and find cocktail recipes.
Campari Bitter Aperitif
Campari is a popular bitter aperitif produced in Italy. This brand is one of the iconic ingredients for before dinner cocktails and its unique taste makes it ideal for pairing with gin, whiskey, and a variety of fruits.
This black raspberry-flavored liqueur has a Cognac base and is produced in France. Chambord is a very popular cocktail mixer, considered an essential for the bar, and is used in many cocktail recipes, including those in this collection.
Chartreuse is an herbal liqueur made by the Carthusian monks since 1605. There are two varieties of Chartreuse: green and yellow.
A cinnamon flavored distilled spirit that either takes on the profile of red hot candies or a more traditional cinnamon spice. Included in this article are the various cocktail and shooter recipes that use cinnamon schnapps.
Cherry Heering is a red cherry liqueur that is naturally flavored and makes one of the best cherry-flavored mixers for cocktails.
Creme de Menthe Liqueur
Creme de menthe is a mint flavored liqueur that is commonly used in cocktails and comes in white and green.
Domaine de Canton Liqueur
Domaine de Canton is a ginger liqueur with an eau de vie and Cognac base that is flavored with fresh Vietnamese ginger.
Drambuie is a popular Scotch whisky based liqueur made with honey, herbs, and spices and an essential ingredient for cocktails such as the Rusty Nail.
Released in late 2006, Ecstasy is a unique, high-proof liqueur with the flavor of pomegranate and citrus along with natural stimulants such as taurine and guarana.
Godiva Chocolate Liqueurs
From the famed Belgian chocolatier, Godiva liqueurs are creamy, lush chocolate liqueurs that are great for mixing. The portfolio includes dark and white chocolate liqueurs as well as mocha and caramel and two chocolate flavored vodkas.
Ginger liqueurs are quite popular and used in a variety of cocktails. Read more about ginger liqueur, find cocktails, and brands.
A new fan base for this 19th century Italian bitter has brought Fernet-Branca back into the spotlight. It has a distinct and potent flavor profile which makes it more difficult to mix into drinks, though there are some great cocktails that use it.
Frangelico is a popular brand of hazelnut flavored liqueur that is used in many favorite cocktails and comes in a distinct, monk-like bottle that cannot be missed.
Gran Gala Orange Liqueur
A delightful brandy-based orange liqueur from Trieste, Italy that is comparable to Grand Marnier. It is blended with sun-ripened Mediterranean oranges and the combination of that citrus with the Italian VSOP creates a lovely, rich liqueur.
Grand Marnier Natural Cherry Liqueur
Grand Marnier Natural Cherry is a limited edition bottling that will release for the 2012 holiday season. It is a marriage of the popular orange of the original Grand Marnier with European Griottes cherries.
Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
Hiram Walker produces a seasonal flavor of liqueur with the flavor of gingerbread that makes it easy to get one of the favorite flavors of the holiday season in cocktails.
Irish Cream Liqueur
Irish cream is a popular liqueur made of Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream, along with a few flavorings. Read more about this liqueur, find cocktail and shooter recipes, and learn how to make your own Irish cream at home.
Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
Hiram Walker has released a seasonal flavor called Pumpkin Spice. While this is only available during the holiday season it does fill a niche for a favorite cocktail, the Pumpkin Martini.
Hpnotiq liqueur is a popular pale blue liqueur made of vodka, Cognac and tropical fruit.
Jagermeister is a herbal liqueur produced in Germany with a somewhat notorious reputation which is often served in shooters but can also be enjoyed in finer cocktails. Find information, history, rumors and cocktails about Jaegermeister in this profile.
Maraschino liqueur is a Marasca cherry flavored cordial that is used in many popular cocktails and is a good distilled spirit to stock in any bar.
For years, if you wanted to make a lychee flavored cocktail you needed to use a puree of the small Asian fruit or the fresh lychees themselves. A few alcohol producers have changed that and are now producing some wonderful lychee liqueurs that make mixing this exotic fruit easier.
Orange Liqueurs and Cocktail Recipes
Orange liqueurs are used often in the bar to create numerous cocktails including the Margarita and Cosmopolitan. There are a few styles and many brands of orange liqueurs to choose from and it can be confusing. Find out about the differences in orange liqueurs, advice for selecting the best choice, and browse the hundreds of cocktail recipes...
Kahlúa Coffee Cream Liqueur
Kahlua Coffee Cream is a limited edition bottling offered in 2009 that combines the liqueur's signature coffee flavors with cream.
The King's Ginger Liqueur
The King's Ginger is a premium liqueur with a wonderful ginger flavor that is great for mixing into today's best cocktails.
Midori is a melon-flavored liqueur that has a beautiful green color and is the key ingredient in many popular cocktails that take on the same hue.
Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur
Navan is a liqueur with a Cognac base flavored with natural black vanilla from Madagascar.
Lemoncello is a thick, sweet dessert cordial with an intense lemon-flavor.
Pimento Dram or Allspice Dram
Pimento dram is an allspice flavored liqueur that makes an appearance in cocktails on occasion and is good to have in a bar stock.
Peppermint schnapps is a well-known mint-flavored liqueur that is commonly used in winter cocktails and a variety of shot drinks.
RumChata Cream Liqueur
RumChata is a cream liqueur made with Caribbean rum and Wisconsin dairy cream that is flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and other flavors. In its short life, this has become a very popular liqueur.
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is the first true pomegranate-flavored liqueur available. This premium liqueur is a great way to add the sweet, tart flavor of the pomegranate fruit to a variety of cocktails.
St Germain Liqueur
St. Germain is an all-natural elderflower liqueur produced in France released in 2007. It has since become a very popular liqueur and is used to create some fascinating cocktails.
Strega is a yellow Italian liqueur that has been made since 1860 of a variety of herbs and spices, including mint and saffron.
Tuaca and Cinnaster Liqueurs
Tuaca is a popular vanilla liqueur with notes of citrus and Cinnaster is a new cinnamon-flavored liqueur from the same brand. Read more about these liqueurs and find cocktail and shooter recipes.
Son Tinh Vietnamese Liqueurs
A unique portfolio of Vietnamese liqueurs, Son Tinh creates a beautiful portfolio of traditional herbal liqueurs and fun fruit liqueurs that are unique to the international market.
Starbucks Liqueurs - Coffee and Cream
Starbucks, the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world, stepped into the distilled market with two liqueurs for a brief time. While these liqueurs are now off the market, they were great at the time and this review includes some fun cocktail recipes that substitutes can easily be found for.
Zwack, Unicum, and Unicum Plum Liqueurs
Produced by the House of Zwack, Unicum, Zwack, and Unicum Plum are three Hungarian liqueurs that you will want to check out, especially if you are a fan of bitter amaros or Jagermeister.
TY KU Liqueur
TY KU Liqueur is a sake and Asian vodka based liqueur with over 20 all natural fruits and botanicals, all of which add health benefits to the spirit. This new distilled spirit is one to know and can easily become your favorite new liqueur.
A fortified wine aromatized with herbs and spices that comes in a few varieties, most commonly dry and sweet. Although it is not a distilled liqueur, it is a common mixer that is essential for making Manhattans and Martinis.
VeeV Acai Spirit
VeeV is a liquor made from Brazilian acai berries that has an exotic flavor profile perfect for new and creative cocktails.
X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
A luscious pink liqueur from France that infuses mango, Provence blood oranges and passion fruit in premium vodka.