Invest in Quality Liqueur

October 8, 2012

Walk into a decent liquor stores these days, and you might be shocked to see the number of liqueurs available. Unfortunately, most of our first experiences with liqueurs were pretty typical and pathetic: sneaking into our parents liquor cabinet grabbing bottles we had no clue about, or getting ready for our first attempt at making margaritas with the $8.99 bottle of triple sec. This of course is why even now today, I am a bit deterred from picking up a number of the more well used and popular brands like St. Germain (Elderflower Liqueur) at thirty some bucks a bottle. But after a quick taste of this new acai based liqueur offering from the Leblon team, I realized I really got a get over that ridiculousness.

I won’t go too deep into the Cedilla yet, because I want to work on a few cocktails before I post more, but I can tell you it’s really delicious. And the key, a key crucial for all of these typically lower alcohol, higher sugar content beverages, is quality. The triple sec example is another fantastic one. A really great homemade margarita will incorporate a portion of orange liqueur. Triple sec is the commodity option for orange liqueur. However, as you work your way up the pricing ladder through Cointreau and Grand Marnier you start to find true orange flavor, as opposed to artificial sweetness.

So it seems obvious then, that the biggest deterrent, besides our past experiences, is the price that is linked to the quality; like I said, expect to pay more than 30 bucks for some of the more worthwhile liqueurs. But in this case, you do indeed get what you pay for. And the good news is that these should really be used as supporting ingredients in your cocktails making them last longer than most bottles of booze. That should help make the bottle worth the investment and trust me, after a few drinks, you’ll be glad you made the switch.

But just in case you need a little more nudging, once you’ve made the switch (and I need to listen to my own advice here), you might even find yourself sipping on your liqueur on it’s own. They tend to act as perfect after dinner drinks and for those us who like to drink our dessert, it’s a match made it heaven!


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