li·​queur | \ li-ˈkər How to pronounce liqueur (audio) , -ˈku̇r, -ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce liqueur (audio) \

Definition of liqueur

: a usually sweetened alcoholic liquor (such as brandy) flavored with fruit, spices, nuts, herbs, or seeds

Examples of liqueur in a Sentence

a bottle of orange liqueur

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All sorts of different fortified wines, liqueurs, and alcohols, including Aperol, fall into the aperitif arena. Olivia Harrison,, "Aperol May Be Part Of Your Favorite Summer Drink, But What Exactly Is It?," 25 July 2019 Cayo Coco, aptly, has a daiquiri called El Floridita-- a mix of Cuban-style white rum, fresh lime, and Maraschino liqueur, blended with raw sugar until completely dissolved, and served shaken or frozen. Shauna Stuart |,, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 To try the best Mexican wines—and rare spirits like Nami, a Mexican sake, and Xila, an agave liqueur—venture beneath Alba Cocina Local to tapas and wine bar Sótano, perfect for a convivial night with friends. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019 The liqueur — a secret recipe with 20-plus herbs and spices sold in a flat, green bottle — recently has been appearing in craft cocktails. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 First, replace the whiskey with an Añejo for the dark, woody flavor. Instead of simple syrup, use a cherry liqueur to go more traditional, or spicy Ancho Reyes Liqueur to add a little heat to the back. Trevor Fraser,, "Celebrate National Tequila Day with twists on classic tastes," 24 July 2019 Add the cherries, sugar, liqueur (if using) and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook, tossing occasionally, until the cherries give up a lot of their liquid, are half-tender, and are bubbling and shiny like jewels, about 8 minutes. Ben Mims,, "Saturday Cooks: Fresh farmers market cherries get a boost in flavor from a surprising source," 29 June 2019 Don’t miss out on sangria de naranja sanguina with blood oranges, tequila, cava and lime cordial, or the Basque mule, with vodka, patxaran (a Basque liqueur), ginger beer and lime. Grace Wong,, "Dirty Root brings customizable, nutrient-dense bowls to West Loop, plus more restaurant news," 21 June 2019 To each glass, add the prosecco, followed by elderflower liqueur. Hannah Chubb,, "See Inside the Maison St-Germain Opening Night—and Get the Cocktail Recipe the Stars Were Sipping," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of liqueur

1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liqueur

French, from Old French licour liquid — more at liquor

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English Language Learners Definition of liqueur

: a sweet, strong alcoholic drink that is usually flavored with fruits or spices and drunk in small glasses after a meal


li·​queur | \ li-ˈkər How to pronounce liqueur (audio) , -ˈk(y)u̇(ə)r How to pronounce liqueur (audio) \

Medical Definition of liqueur

: a usually sweetened alcoholic beverage variously flavored (as with fruit or aromatics)

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