Liqueur is the name given to a variety of alcoholic drinks made from a spirit base, flavoured with herbs and/or fruit and sweetened. It has ancient origins – in the fifth century BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates reports the existence of alcoholic concoctions closely resembling modern liqueurs.
Liqueurs are made by infusing herbs and spices and/or fruit into a spirit base and then soaking the mixture for a period of time. The mixture is then strained and stored until it matures.
Liqueurs have a higher alcoholic content than other spirits and are therefore usually drunk in very small quantities and after a meal. They are also, increasingly, used in cooking to flavour desserts, cakes and biscuits .