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What is liqueur?

About the ingredient liqueur. Including 501 recipes with liqueur, nutrition data, and where to find it.



A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage that has been flavored with fruit, herbs, nuts, spices, flowers, or cream and bottled with added sugar. Liqueurs are typically quite sweet; they are usually not aged for long but may have resting periods during their production to allow flavors to marry.

The distinction between liqueurs and spirits is not simple because many spirits (e.g., flavored vodka) are available today in a flavored form. The most reliable guide to classification is that liqueurs contain added sugar, but spirits do not. Most liqueurs have a lower alcohol content (15%-30% ABV) than spirits, but some contain as much as 55% ABV. Dessert wines may taste like a liqueur but they contain no added flavoring.

Liqueurs are made worldwide and are served in many ways: by themselves, poured over ice, with coffee, mixed with cream or other mixers to create cocktails, etc. They are often served with or after a dessert. Liqueurs are also used in cooking.

Some liqueurs are prepared by infusing certain woods, fruits, or flowers, in either water or alcohol, and adding sugar or other items. Others are distilled from aromatic or flavoring agents. 


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 fl oz (31g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 101Calories from Fat 43
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.9g 7%
Saturated Fat 3.0g 15%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6.5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 6.1
Protein 0.9g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Liqueur is usually found in the candy section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Liqueur is a member of the Beverages US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does liqueur weigh?

Measure Grams
1 fl oz 31
1 jigger 1.5 fl oz 47

In Chinese:
British (UK) term: Liqueur
en français:liqueur
en español:licor

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