A liqueur is a sweet alcoholic
beverage, often flavored with fruits, herbs, or spices,
and sometimes flavored cream. Historically, derived from
herbs, usually prepared by monks, as the Benedictines.
Liqueurs were made in Italy from the thirteenth century.
Some liqueurs are prepared by infusing certain woods,
fruits, or flowers, in water or alcohol, and adding
sugar, etc.. Others are done by distillation of aromatic
substances. The distinction between liquor and alcoholic
beverage is not simple, especially because at present
many alcoholic drinks are available with sweet flavors.
However flavored alcoholic beverages are not prepared by
infusion. The alcohol content is not a feature, most
alcoholic liquors are less than alcohol, but some
liquors can be up to 55 degrees. The liquor can be taken
alone, during or after dessert, or may be used in
cocktails or in the kitchen.