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Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

As you explore the index of cocktail recipes you will find many of them use liqueurs, or cordials, that you are probably not familiar with. Names like Drambuie, Cointreau and Benedictine appear often and then the there is the crème liqueurs. What are all of these, what flavors do they add to cocktails and can one be substituted for another? These are all questions that are answered in the descriptions of the most common liqueurs below.

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  • Damiana- A lightly-flavored herbal liqueur produced in Mexico. The primary ingredient is the damiana herb grown in Baha California, Mexico that has long been used as an aphrodisiac. Try this liqueur in a Damiana Golden.
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  • Domaine de Canton- A ginger-flavored liqueur with an eau-de-vie and Cognac base produced in France.
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  • Drambuie- The guarded formula for this liqueur includes Scotch (at least 10 years old), heather honey and herbs. The name comes from the Gaelic dram buidheach which translate to "the drink that satisfies."
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  • Dubonnet Blanc, Dubonnet Blond, White Dubonnet- One of the two styles of Dubonnet, a French wine based aperitif. Blanc is made by adding herbs and botanicals to fortified dry white wine. Dubonnet Blanc and Rouge are similar to dry and sweet vermouth respectively, with the primary difference being that Dubonnet uses quinine (also used to make tonic water) in its recipes.
     
  • Dubonnet Rouge, Red Dubonnet- The sweeter, richer of the two styles of Dubonnet. Rouge has a red wine base that is flavored with spices. Used in the aptly named Dubonnet Cocktail, as well as the classic Weep No More.
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  • Ecstasy- This lemon and pomegranate flavored, clear liqueur is energized with natural stimulants including guarana, taurine and ginseng.
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  • Fernet Branca- An Italian amaro (bitter) liqueur with a strong flavor and aroma that was first produced in 1845. The digestif is made with around 40 herbs, roots, and spices and has a notable menthol-eucalyptus flavor. While strongly flavored on its own, it is used in a few cocktails and is rising in popularity once again. New cocktails that use it include Fernet Hot Chocolate, The Guadalajara and Problem Solver. Fernet Branca is very popular in Argentina where it is often mixed with Coca-Cola.
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  • Frangelico- A hazelnut flavored liqueur made from the infusion of toasted hazelnuts into alcohol and water. It is receives additional flavors from toasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla berries and rhubarb root.
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  • Galliano- A smooth, spicy liqueur with overtones of anise and vanilla from Livorno, Italy. Though not used much, it is found in a few favorite cocktails including the Harvey Wallbanger and Golden Dream.
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  • Ginger Liqueur- A ginger-flavored liqueur that is made with a variety of ginger. Herbs and honey are also often added to a brandy, rum or neutral spirit. Domaine de Canton (above) is one of the most popular brands.
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  • Gingerbread Liqueur- A gingerbread-flavored liqueur produced by Hiram Walker that is only available during the autumn and winter seasons.
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  • Godiva- A line of chocolate liqueurs produced by the renowned Godiva Chocolatier.
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  • Goldschlager- A clear-colored cinnamon schnapps that contains 24K gold leaf flakes. It is a fun liqueur to play with and appears in many cocktails and shooters.
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  • Grand Marnier- A distinguished orange liqueur from France with a Cognac base that is considered an essential for a well-stocked bar.
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  • GranGala Triple Orange- An orange liqueur with a Italian VSOP brandy base and flavored by Mediterranean oranges. A substitute for Grand Marnier.
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  • Herbsaint- Another substitute for absinthe.
     
  • Hpnotiq- This ocean blue tropical liqueur is a nice blend of vodka, cognac and just the right fruits (a family secret) that is a great substitute for blue curaçao.
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  • Irish Cream Liqueur- A creamy liqueur made of Irish whiskey, cream, and chocolate that is used in many cocktails and shooters.
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  • Irish Mist- A sweet, aromatic blend of Irish whiskey, honey, herbs and other spirits made with a recipe that dates back more than 1,000 years. One cocktail that features Irish Mist is an Irish Canadian.
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  • Jagermeister- An herbal liqueur produced in Germany with a somewhat notorious reputation and is often served in shooters but can also be enjoyed in finer cocktails.
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  • Loft Lavender Cello- Loft is a brand of certified organic liqueurs and this particular bottle is infused with lavender. It is a distilled spirit that is both sweet and herbal.
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  • Lemoncello- A sweet, lemon-flavored Italian dessert liqueur made from lemon zests.
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  • Licor 43- A vanilla-flavored liqueur produced in Spain. This liqueur contains 43 ingredients with vanilla being the dominant flavor, while others include citrus, other fruits, herbs, spices, and other secret ingredients in the proprietary recipe. It makes an occasional appearance in cocktails including Ebony & Ivory, Brotherly Love, and Pumpkin Punch.
    More information at Spanish Food on About.com...
     
  • Lychee Liqueur- Very sweet liqueurs flavored by either distilling or infusing lychee fruit into a base spirit. Lychee-flavored liqueurs are some of the most recently developed spirits that have filled a demand for an easy to make Lichtinis.
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  • Mango Liqueur- Often a sweet, orange-colored liqueur flavored using the tropical fruit. A number of brands produce mango liqueurs, including Bols, Marie Brizard, and Orchard.
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  • Maraschino- A clear, dry cherry-flavored liqueur made from the Marasca cherry and pits. This is a popular cocktail mixer, including many of the classics.
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  • Midori- A light green-colored liqueur that has a sweet melon flavor. It's a versatile liqueur for cocktails including the Grinch and Vanilla Vixen.
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  • Navan- A liqueur with a Cognac base flavored with natural black vanilla from Madagascar. This premium spirit is produced by Grand Marnier and follows in the company's fine tradition of flavored Cognacs.
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