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On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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Liqueurs are a distilled alcohol sweetened with sugar and flavored with herbs, spices, nuts, or fruits. The flavoring agents may be extracted by soaking in the distilled alcohol, or they may themselves be distilled along with the alcohol. Most liqueurs have a neutral grain alcohol as their base, but there are a few whose base is a brandy or whisky. Examples are Grand Marnier, Cognac plus orange peel; Drambuie, Scotch whisky plus honey plus herbs; and Southern Comfort, bourbon whiskey plus peach brandy and peaches. Some liqueurs include stabilized cream.