The range of the world’s liqueurs is vast and all-encompassing, and ranges from complex, crafted liqueurs which are excellent neat or over ice, to liqueurs intended as cocktail mixers. Nearly every country in the world makes liqueurs, and nearly every plant, fruit, spice, herb, flower and spirit is used in their production. A liqueur is essentially any alcoholic drink bottled with added sugar. By European law, liqueurs are spirit based, and be of at least 15% alcohol by volume, with at least 100g sugar per litre. Liqueurs are often flavoured with fruits, nuts, spices, herbs, flowers, cream, peppermint or even chocolate.
A pink grapefruit liqueur from Combier - suitable for serving over ice, in sweet, fragrant cocktails or splashed in a glass of Champagne.
The peaches used in Combier's Crème de Pêche De Vigne liqueur come from the Loire Valley. Subtly rich and aromatic, this ought to make for a sweet twist on a Peach Bellini.
A 1 litre bottle of Chartreuse V.E.P. Yellow, a refreshing but wonderfully mellow liqueur made with a brilliant selection of herbs and matured for at least 8 years. The "V.E.P." stands for Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé, which means "exceptionally long ageing". It comes presented in a bottle which harks back to how it was originally presented, including the bottle shape, cork and wax-seal.
We all know Cointreau is the bee's knees when it comes to 'triple-sec' liqueurs - vibrant, zesty and fantastic in a Margarita cocktail. This bottle comes with a fancy art-deco-ish presentation tin, celebrating the "Roaring '20s". How keen, spiffy and other such 1920s slang.
A wonderful coffee liqueur, this is perfect for making layered drinks, and it's brilliantly packaged. A highly recommended liqueur from Sheridan's.
Lochan Ora is a whisky liqueur made with Chivas Regal whisky and flavoured with honey and herbs.
Made exclusively using 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky from one of Speyside's most famous distilleries, this liqueur has been designed with the Single Malt drinker in mind.
Matured in Sherry Casks, the base whisky used to make our liqueur has an extraordinary depth of character and flavour. We sought to emphasise this flavour by using ingredients including Cinnamon, two different kinds of Orange peel, and Cloves.
Excellent over ice, but more than good enough to drink neat. We hope you enjoy drinking our liqueur as much as we enjoyed making it!
For the Perfect Serve Pour a healthy measure of Liqueur into a tumbler full of ice, stir, then squeeze a good-sized strip of fresh orange peel over the drink, and add to the glass.
A fine liqueur made using single malt whisky from Edradour distillery. A cut above the other commercially available cream liqueurs.
Bruadar is a Scottish whisky liqueur flavoured with honey and sloe berries. Not overly sweet, instead it is a balanced, well-crafted liqueur.
There's only one thing that Professor Cornelius Ampleforth loves more than concocting crazily delicious drinks or genetically modifying turnips to have emotions, and that's Christmas. This year, he's combined two of those by giving the turnips Santa hats creating the Christmas Mulled Cup!
We all know that making the perfect Mulled Wine for your guests is fraught with problems - frankly, it's a Christmas minefield! Knackered or unbalanced spices, suspect citrus notes and the inevitability that you'll serve your most discerning guest the glass with the big clump of nutmeg you couldn't filter out! Gah! The problem is, it's the ultimate festive tipple so we have to give it a go, don't we? If only there was a full-proof (fool-proof?), delicious solution...
But wait, what was that about a Christmas Mulled Cup again? Produced with an expertly blended mix of VSOP Cognac, Fine Vintage Port and tinctures made from fantastic festive spices, along with cold-distilled orange and lemon peels and a surfeit of cold-distilled fresh root ginger, you say? Why, that sounds like the perfect solution for all my carolers, bell-ringers and magical gift-givers!
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's recipe for perfect Mulled Wine every time:
1 bottle of good, fruity Red Wine
50ml of Christmas Mulled Cup (or more, to taste)
65g granulated sugar
Heat, and serve.