The liqueur, also called brandy, is used for making lots of types of cocktails. This beverage is made with plants, barks, seeds or fruits that are macerated into alcohol. Delices & Gourmandises presents you all you need to know about this drink.
The ancient alchemists are known to have created many beverages for curing several diseases. They made them with different types of wines or alcoholic drinks in which they let spices, herbs, vegetables or other ingredients macerate. They chose the plants and the ingredients according to the illness to cure.
The liqueur as we know it nowadays is made with alcohol distilled in alambics. The drink became very popular in the 17th century. At this time, the best brandies were made by the monks and were used as well as medicines as aperitif or liqueur.
Now, the makers still use the technique of the distillation for the liqueurs made from seeds, barks and plants. But for the making of the fruits brandies, they use the maceration and the infusion systems. These ways optimizes the aromas and the tastes of the drink.
The liqueurs are generally drunk at the end of meals that have been quite heavy, for helping the digestion. There are many varieties of brandies. Those made with fruits are done with orange, cherries, coffee, cocoa or also mandarin barks. Those who want some original tastes can opt for the beverage made with plants and flowers as mint, jasmine, rose, vervain, violet, etc.
If you appreciate the brandies that come from the country, Delices & Gourmandises offers you a wide range of liqueurs that have been produced according to the traditional Alsatian ways. You can choose cherry plum, raspberry, pear liqueur or the local Schnapps.2016-02-19