The Ultimate Guide to the Best Liqueurs and Brands

One of the best ways to do this is with a nice glass of fruit liqueur. Liqueurs come in all different types and flavors, which can make it difficult to choose one.

Here are some of the best tropical liqueurs you should try out.

Amaretto – This is made by mixing apricot or peach pits with brandy, vodka, or rum for up to six months. It has a sweet almond taste. This liqueur works well in mixed drinks like an amaretto sour.
Campari – This is another very popular Italian liqueur made from a blend of herbs, spices and fruit. It is bright red in color and has a bitter taste which can be sweetened with sugar syrup or an orange peel. For example, the Negroni cocktail mixes equal parts Campari, gin and vermouth.
Creme de Cacao – This is also known as chocolate liqueur and is produced by grinding roasted cocoa beans into liquid form then mixing it with alcohol to create this brown colored beverage. Creme de cacoa tastes similar to dark chocolate when mixed with milk or cream for drinks like White Russian.
Baileys Irish Cream – This is a combination of Irish whiskey, cream and other flavors that give it a unique taste.
Luxardo – Luxardo is an Italian liqueur made from Marasca cherries. It has been described to have a sweet cherry flavor with light hints of almond and vanilla.
Cynar – This is another popular bitter tasting liqueur but this time it contains artichoke instead of any kind of fruit or berries. Cynar can be used in many cocktails like the Americano which consists of lemon juice, soda water and Campari.
Strega – Strega is yet another popular Italian digestif created by infusing 70 different herbs, plants and flowers into alcohol then adding saffron for color.

The best brands found around the world all vary in taste and flavor. For example, a popular brand of liqueur called Grand Marnier is made from the peel and zest of oranges. Another great one to try out would be Benedictine which has a flavor that comes from plants including lemon balm, lavender, aniseed and fennel, and was originally made by French monks.

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