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liquore

liqueur

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Specifically a sweet alcoholic drink made from a distillate and bottled with sugar or sweeteners, and flavoured with herbs, fruit or dried fruit, cream or even flowers, or even a certain kind of pine cone (liquore di crimolo) or hay (liquore di Fieno)

The word derives from the Latin liquifacere, 'to dissolve'. Europeans learned how to make them from the Arabans who distilled flowers and spices but also fruits, apples and lemons for therapeutic purposes. The key difference between liquori and distillati is the addition of sugar and flavourings for the former.

Classic Italian liquori include alchermes, amaretto, mirto, mistrà, nocino, rosolio, Strega and Vov.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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