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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The secret is to add layers of flavor: caramelized bananas, nuts, extracts and liqueurs that complement the rich, dense finished blondie. Dallas News, "5 easy recipes for blondies that include lots of browned butter, nuts and liqueurs," 27 Aug. 2019 Strain the gin and liqueur mixture into the two glasses, splitting equally. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle's Summer Favorites from 2014 Unearthed — and It Includes a 'Love of All Things Brit'," 26 Aug. 2019 Wine may have been the starting point for spritzes, but the recipe slowly evolved, first substituting flat water for the lift of bubbly soda water, then progressively supplementing the flavors with fortified wines and progressively, liqueurs. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The History of the Aperol Spritz," 24 Aug. 2019 The persimmon liqueur pairs well with gin and sweet vermouth to give the classic Negroni a Midwestern spin. Kenney Marlatt,, "Chicago spirit-maker Apologue delivers Midwestern flavors to cocktails," 30 May 2018 The lavender syrup and brandy-like liqueur impart just the right level of sweetness and subtle flavor notes. Dallas News, "HG Sply's buzzy new drink is delicious, and supports local beekeepers," 14 Aug. 2019 The house special is a $19 margarita made with Patrón Silver tequila and a miniature 50 ml bottle of Grand Marnier orange liqueur upended in the glass. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cicciotti’s founder tests out Mexican cuisine in Rancho Santa Fe," 2 May 2019 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

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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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The first known use of liqueur was in 1729

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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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