TASTE Winter 2022-23


Bean, nut and seed liqueurs are flavoured with various types of nuts, beans (such as cacao and coffee) and seeds. The Nutcracker cocktail shown on page 57 features Frangelico, flavoured of hazelnut and subtly accented with coffee, cocoa and vanilla. The liqueur is named for a legendary hermit monk named Fra Angelico, known for creating unique recipes for liqueurs. Cream liqueurs are a relatively new category, pioneered by Baileys Irish Cream when it launched in 1974, paving the way for others to follow. Cracking the code, Baileys uses a homogenized mixture of cream, sugar, alcohol and sodium caseinate to stabilize the dairy, harmonizing flavours of cream, chocolate and vanilla. Baileys is also featured in the Nutcracker cocktail, drizzled over the whipped cream topping. Whisky liqueurs use whisky as their base spirit, providing the dominant sensory impression. Stylistically, the aroma and flavour of the base spirit overrides those of the flavouring elements. Drambuie, a Scotch-based liqueur with flavours of heather honey, herbs and spices, is a great example and is featured in the Honey Heather cocktail shown here. The name Drambuie is derived from a Gaelic phrase meaning “the drink that satisfies.” Liqueurs have come a long way since their historical beginnings and will continue to evolve in the future. Perhaps this new-found basic understanding of liqueurs will spark interest in a flavour adventure to add to your cocktail repertoire, especially when entertaining over the holidays.

HONEY HEATHER 1½ oz (45 ml) Drambuie 1 oz (30 ml) lemon juice 3 oz (90 ml) grapefruit soda 2 sprigs mint, plus extra for garnish In a cocktail shaker with cubed ice, combine Drambuie, lemon juice and 1 mint sprig. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a Collins glass. Top with grapefruit soda and fill glass with ice cubes. Garnish with a mint sprig.

DRAMBUIE LIQUEUR United Kingdom $47.49 1867 Its name derived from the Gaelic phrase “a drink that satisfies,” Drambuie traces its roots back to 1745, combining the distinctive flavour of its Scotch whisky base with spices, herbs and heather honey.



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