Guide to Liqueurs, Cordials and Aperitifs
Liqueurs and Cordials
| ||Liqueurs or cordials are typically sweet alcoholic drinks that are categorised according to their flavouring agent. Such spirits may be infused with fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, crèmes and so on, and many often use cognac ,rum or whisky as a base. Because of their high sugar content, they are usually high in alcohol - sometimes up to 70 per cent by volume. Liqueurs are not usually aged, but they are left to rest for certain lengths of time to allow their components to marry together harmoniously.|
- Not sure what kind you'll like? Our guide below categorises a number of liqueurs - choose a flavour you enjoy and chances are, you'll find a new favourite drink!
The word aperitif comes from the Latin aperire, which means "to open", thus these are drinks taken before dinner in order to stimulate the appetite. They may be as simple as a glass of sherry , some white wine or a Kir (white wine sweetened with blackcurrant syrup ), but don't stop there! Let us help you explore this new world, or if you're already a convert, let us help you find new your new favourite.
Arguably the best way to drink your liqueur is when it is mixed with something sweet. Be careful, though - depending on how strong your drink is, it might take only one or two before you start to feel the effects! Check out recipes for a few signature cocktails below.
Some drinking and serving etiquette to remember.
- If serving drinks at home, stock up on your glassware .Beer mugs, wine glasses and martini glasses can all help to make a drink look not only pretty but professional.
- Opening up your own bar and not sure where to start? Check out our bar accessories guide.
- You don't have to drink cocktails all by their lonesome! Some can be paired with certain foods. For example, margaritas can make Mexican dishes that much tastier.
- Some drinks like the ones above come served with a lemon or orange wedge. While this can just be a garnish to make the drink look pretty, it can give it a better taste as well. Experiment and use your garnishes to see what kind of flavourings go best with your cocktail.
- Simple advice: If you don't like rum, don't get a drink with rum in it. Even a well made drink will taste a little bit like the chosen liqueur, so go with what you know. It will make the night a much more pleasant drinking experience for you!