The Top Community Rated Liqueurs From Last Week

These were top 10 most rated liqueurs as chosen by users last week in Distiller!
Jun 22, 2020
  • 10
    10 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.
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    9 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.
  • 8
    8 Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro
    85
    Fruity & Sweet
    The main ingredient used for this amari is the root of Chinese rabarbaro (rhubarb) which is grown in Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. "Sfumato" is Italian for "smoke" which is fitting as Chinese rabarbaro gives off a smoky quality. All production of this amaro is made in house by Luigi & Maddalena Cappelletti, the fourth generation of this distilling family which makes other amari and aromatized wines.
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    7 Amaro Montenegro
    96
    Spicy & Herbal
    Amaro Montenegro is made with 40 botanicals using three processes: boiling, maceration, and distillation. Some of these botanicals include: sweet & bitter oranges, petite dried oranges, coriander seeds, marjoram, oregano, artemista blend, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. After this process, 12 mother extracts are crafted. From there, the 12 extracts are blended to form "six aromatic notes" which are blended with alcohol, sugar, and water. Lastly, a seventh ingredient called the "premio" or "prize" is crafted from 5 botanicals which are micro-distilled. One liter of "premio" is used per 15,000 bottles. Amaro Montenegro was created by Stanislao Cobianchi who had traveled the world rather than follow his family's desire for him to join the clergy. He founded his company in 1885 and named it after Princess Elena of Montenegro who went on to become Queen of Italy in 1900.
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    6 Averna Amaro
    92
    Rich & Herbal
    Averna Amaro was first made in Sicily by the Averna family in 1868, after the recipe was gifted to them by Benedictine monk Frà Girolamo. Since then, descendants of the brand’s founder Salvatore Averna have passed the recipe down through the generations and grown the brand to international fame. The amaro is made with herbs and spices common throughout the Mediterranean and bottled at 29% ABV.
  • 5
    5 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. Also called Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge or simply GrandMa by those in the bar industry.
  • 4
    4 Drambuie
    95
    Herbal & Sweet
    An essential ingredient in a handful of classic cocktail, including the Rusty Nail, Drambuie -- a Scotch whisky liqueur -- is flavored with spices, herbs and heather honey. The company dates its origins to the mid-1700s, when it was supposedly created for Bonnie Prince Charlie by his Royal Apothecary. In 2014, William Grant & Sons acquired the brand, which is still blended in Glasgow, Scotland. Its name is derived from the Scots Gaelic term ‘An Dram Buidheach,’ meaning “The Drink that Satisfies.”
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    3 Patrón XO Cafe
    88
    Roast
    Patrón XO Cafe is a coffee liqueur made by using Patrón Silver, a 100% blue agave tequila, as its base. Neutral spirits or rum are more common to use when making coffee liqueurs. It is bottled at 35% ABV.
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    2 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.
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    1 Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
    96
    Fruity & Tart
    Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao is based on a 19th century recipe and made in consultation with cocktail historian David Wondrich. It's made by infusing bitter laraha orange peels for one week in grape spirit. Then this infusion is distilled. Separately, walnut skins and prunes are infused for several months in brandy and Pierre Ferrand cognac to create a vegetal infusion. Then the master blender blends the orange distillate, the vegetal infusion, along with brandy and Pierre Ferrand cognac. Toasted cane sugar, which is barrel aged for several months, is used to sweeten the blend. Finally, the Dry Curaçao is left to age for several months in French oak barrels before bottling.