Cordials and Liqueurs of the World Article -
Add a Comment

Cordials and Liqueurs of the World

These sweet spirits know it's always best to be cordial.

Lower in alcohol than straight spirits, these tasty tipples are sweetened spirits infused with fruits, flowers, herbs, nuts, and/or spices--sometimes even bark, roots, and leaves.

The word "liqueur" comes from the Latin Liquefacere, which means the process of dissolving something in liquid. Cordial, on the other hand, comes from the Latin word for heart, "cor." Whether you call it cordial or liqueur, both words describe the same thing: an alcoholic beverage in which spirits have been steeped, percolated, brewed, or macerated with some kind of flavor-giving substance like fruits, herbs, and flowers, and then sweetened. Some people more narrowly define a cordial as a liqueur made specifically from fruit or fruit juice.

What's the Main Ingredient?

Here are some classic liqueurs and their main flavor-infusing ingredients. Some are centuries old and made from top-secret formulas.

Amaretto: Almond
Bailey's Irish Cream: Whiskey/cream
Benedictine: Honey/citrus/herbs
Chambord: Black raspberry
Crème de Cacao: Chocolate
Crème de Cassis: Currant
Crème de Menthe: Mint
Curacao: Bitter orange
Cointreau: Sour and sweet oranges
Frangelico: Hazelnut
Jagermeister: Herbs/spices
Limoncello: Lemon
Maraschino: Cherry
Midori: Melon
Kahlua:  Coffee
Ouzo: Anise
Pastis: Anise
SambuccaRomano: Elder bush
Schnapps: Peach
SouthernComfort: Peach/bourbon
Triple Sec: Bitter and sweet oranges

Cordial Cocktails

Liqueurs make delicious and beautiful cocktails. Here are some of our favorites.


Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Rudy Snap Cocktail

Watch a professional bartender shake up a signature mezcal cocktail.

The Mudslide Cocktail

Watch a professional bartender make the Mudslide Cocktail.

Grampa's Brandy Alexander

Creme de cacao, chocolate syrup and ice cream make a super-rich cocktail.

Most Popular Blogs

Read our blog

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States