The word liqueur comes from the latin word liquefacere, which means “to make liquid.” It is believed that liqueurs were first produced by medieval monks and alchemists. Over the centuries, they have been used as medicines, tonics, love potions and aphrodisiacs.

A liqueur is a sweetened and distilled liquor with an alcohol content ranging from between 24 percent to 60 percent by volume. Produced by combining a base spirit with fruits or herbs, the liqueurs are sweetened by the addition of a sugar syrup which makes up more than 2 ½ percent of the total beverage by volume.

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