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What is Liqueur? For most people, a liqueur (not to be confused with 'liquor') is little more than a brightly colored cocktail ingredient or something that is drunk after a meal as a digestif.
Liqueur is made by macerating fruit, flowers, or herbs in a distilled neutral spirit and then sweetening with sugar, liqueurs are typically used in cocktails in small amounts to add aromatic complexity and to balance sweetness. They tend to fall into two larger categories based on flavor and use: those that are fruity or floral, and those that are herbal or bitter.
To be classified as a liqueur a drink must:
1. Be based on a spirit - liqueurs can be made with everything from vodka through tequila to brandy, rum or whisky.
2. Contain additional flavourings, the most common being fruits, spices and herbs although many other ingenious ingredients are used.
3. Be of 15% alcohol by volume and have at least 100g of sugar per litre (this is a requirement of European law)