The story of the Best Liqueurs and Schnapps
Liqueurs are an alcoholic beverage flavored by variety of sources such as fruit, herbs, flowers spices nuts and various cream in combination with distilled spirit. These are commonly heavily sweetened but not aged beyond production stage. Liqueurs are historical derived from herbal medicines.
The group of liqueurs is broad. Liqueur, not to be confused with liquor. They are bold enough to stand on their own but also make great mixers. Liqueur is a spirit and may encompass any spirit from whiskey, vodka or rum that is sweetened with sugar and natural or artificial flavoring. Some of the most popular flavors include orange, berry, coffee and almond. The commercial liqueurs on the market are generally lower in alcohol than a standard 40 percent ABV. However, there can be a lot of variation in the alcohol content between the various brands.
The liqueurs encompass a very broad group of beverages and subgroups of these shown below
- Coffee liqueurs
- Berry liqueurs
- Chocolate liqueurs
- Cream liqueurs
- Crème liqueurs
- Flower liqueurs
- Fruit liqueurs
- Herbal liqueurs
- Anise-flavored liqueur
- Honey lique
- Nut-flavored liqueurs
- Whisky liqueurs
Schnapps or schnaps is an alcoholic beverage that may come in a variety of formats including distilled fruit brandies, herbal liqueurs, and infusions. This would also include “flavored liqueurs” made by adding fruit syrups, spices, or artificial flavorings to neutral grain spirits.
The English word for ‘schnapps’ is from the colloquial German word Schnaps which was used to describe ‘spirit drinks’. The word Schnaps stems from Low German language and is related to the German term ‘schnappen’. This refers to the fact the spirit drink is usually consumed in a quick shot of beverage from a ‘shot glass’
This is usually divided into German and American Schnapps. There are significant differences between German and American Schnapps, primarily where the spirit originated.
German schnapps are made by fermenting fruit juices from any fruit such as pear, apple, cherry, mint or herbs into a clear spirit. In America, schnapps are commonly made by mixing fruit flavors into neutral grain alcohol.
The main difference between best liqueurs and schnapps is that liqueurs are generally sweeter. Liqueurs are generally mixed into cocktails while schnapps are generally taken straight up.
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Baileys Irish Cream Almande Liqueur
Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
Disaronno Italian Liqueur
Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
Romana Sambuca Liquore Classico
Grand Marnier 100 year
Damiana Guaycura Liqueur
Cinnabon Cream Liqueur
Absinthe Ordinaire Herbal Liqueur
Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
Dekuyper Triple Sec
Bols Amaretto Liqueur
DeKuyper Creme De Menthe
99 Bananas Schnapps Liqueur
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
Ouzo #12 Specialty Liqueur
Grand Marnier Titanium Fruit
Soho Lychee Liqueur
Gifard Pamplemousse Rose Specialty Liqueur
Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Cream Rum
Berentzen Apfelkorn Apple Schnapps
Slow & Low’s Rock and Rye Specialty Liqueur
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Marie Brizzard Parfait Amour Liqueur
Pimm’s English Liqueur