The Top Community Rated Liqueurs From Last Week

These were top 10 most rated liqueurs as chosen by users last week in Distiller!
Mar 30, 2020
  • 10
    10 Chambord Liqueur
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Chambord Liqueur is a black raspberry liqueur. It is made from an infusion of raspberries and blackberries in neutral alcohol. Other ingredients include Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey, and cognac which the master blender balances all together to create a concentrate. Sugar, neutral alcohol, and water are added after filtering. Although this French liqueur is based on a recipe from the late 17th century, it wasn't released commercially until 1981. Bottled at 16.5% ABV.
  • 9
    9 Pimm's No. 1 Cup
    90
    Fruity
    Pimm's No. 1 is the most popular of the liqueur category known as cups. First created in 1840, No. 1 uses gin as its base along with a secret blend of spices, fruit, and botanicals. There have been other Pimm's over the years; No. 2 had a Scotch base, No. 3 used brandy, No. 4 was rum, No. 5 rye, and No. 6 used Vodka. They have all had been discontinued, but Diageo which currently owns Pimm's, rebranded No. 3 as Winter's Cup and it still uses brandy as its base. Every bar, both at home and otherwise, has their own recipe for their perfect Pimm's Cup cocktail. Some use lemonade, others lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. The sky is the limit for fruit additions, but strawberry and cucumber slices are quite common, especially during Wimbledon.
  • 8
    8 Baileys Original Irish Cream
    78
    Sweet
    First introduced in 1974, Baileys Original Irish Cream is made from Irish whiskey, Irish cream, spirit, and chocolate. This brand is currently owned by Diageo and there are many other flavors in the Baileys portfolio including vegan and gluten free versions. Bottled at 17% ABV in Ireland.
  • 7
    7 St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
    94
    Floral & Fruity
    St. Germain took the cocktail world by storm when it debuted as the first available elderflower liqueur in 2007. To make the liqueur, elderflower petals are macerated in grape eau-de-vie, with the resulting combination then sweetened. St. Germain was created by the late Robert Cooper, and is now a part of the Bacardi portfolio.
  • 6
    6 Cointreau
    90
    Fruity & Sweet
    Cointreau is a clear, orange flavored liqueur developed in 1875 by Édouard Cointreau, son of one of the co-founding brothers of the distillery. In 1885 it became the first registered brand of triple sec, although the brand dropped "triple sec" from its name in early 20th century. It is made with both bitter and sweet orange peels which are macerated in neutral alcohol and then distilled. The only other ingredients are sugar and water. Suitable for any recipe calling for triple sec.
  • 5
    5 Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye (84 Proof)
    88
    Herbal & Sweet
    The base of this Rock & Rye is a blend of straight rye whiskies, varying in their age. There's a variety of traditional and modern flavorings, including citrus peels, rock candy, horehound, and raw honey. It is bottled at 84 proof.
  • 4
    4 Disaronno
    85
    Nutty & Sweet
    Disaronno is an amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur) with a recipe, the brand claims, that dates back to 1525. It was first commercially produced and marketed by the Reina family in the early 20th century in Saronna, just outside of Milano. Originally called Amaretto di Saronno, the iconic square bottle first arrived in 1942. In 2001, the brand dropped Amaretto from its name and is now simply called Disaronno.
  • 3
    3 Campari
    90
    Bitter & Fruity
    Campari was created circa 1860 by a Lombardy-born man named Gaspare Campari. He worked his way up to barman in a cafe in Torino before moving to Milano where he created his renowned bitter concoction. His namesake bitters was first known as Bitter all’usa d’Holanda and its ingredients have never been disclosed other than to say that “it is the result of an infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit in alcohol and water”. The only other change to the original recipe occured in 2006 when carmine (a natural dye sourced from crushed cochineal insects) ceased to be used for coloring. Now artificial colors are used.
  • 2
    2 Aperol
    92
    Fruity & Sweet
    Aperol first debuted a century ago, in 1919. Known for its orange hue, and today for the ubiquitous and eponymous Aperol Spritz, Aperol is flavored with ingredients including cinchona, rhubarb, and gentian. The bittersweet liqueur has been a part of the Campari portfolio since 2003.
  • 1
    1 Grand Marnier
    88
    Rich & Fruity
    Grand Marnier is an orange liqueur made from a blend of cognac (51%) and bitter orange distillate (49%). To make this distillate, the bitter orange variety, citrus Bigaradia, is harvested and the peels are sun-dried. The peels then macerate in neutral alcohol for ~ 10 days before it is distilled. This bitter orange distillate is then blended with cognac and further aged in large oak vats for 1-6 months. Originally named Curaçao Marnier when created in 1880 by founder Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, it was soon changed to Grand Marnier after friends declared it to be grand. The orange liqueur is currently made by master blender Patrick Raguenaud who has held the position since 2004. Also called Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge or simply GrandMa by those in the bar industry.