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Anthony CaporaleOur good friend Anthony Caporale, Drambuie National Brand Ambassador, tells BourbonBlog.com that he will appear on FOX Money with Melissa Francis today at 5 pm EST to celebrate National Liqueur Day 2013.

He will be talking about liqueurs and making cordial cocktails for National Liqueur Day.

Here are a few of the recipes Anthony will make and that you can make today or anytime you’re feeling like a Liqueur!

 

Rusty Nail

Drambuie bottle -In a mixing glass half-filled with ice, add:
3/4 oz. Drambuie Scotch Whisky Liqueur
3/4 oz. Scotch Whisky
-Stir to chill and dilute.
-Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
-Variations: Blended Scotch whisky, single malt Scotch whisky, Bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey.

Benedictine & Brandy

Bénédictine bottle-In a mixing glass half-filled with ice, add:
3/4 oz. Benedictine Liqueur
3/4 oz. Brandy
-Stir to chill and dilute.
-Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
-Variations: French brandy, Cognac, Armagnac, Spanish brandy.

Black Russian

Black Russian Cocktail-In a mixing glass half-filled with ice, add:
3/4 oz. Kahlua Liqueur
3/4 oz. Vodka
-Stir to chill and dilute.
-Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
-Variations: Vanilla vodka, light rum, aged rum, spiced rum.

 

Definition of a Liqueur:

-The word liqueur is derived from the Latin liquefacere which means to melt or dissolve.
-A liqueur is a spirit drink that has been sweetened and flavored.
-In the EU, where many liqueurs are made, they must have at least 100 g/liter sugar and be at least 15% ABV (30 proof).

History of Liqueurs:

Liqueur cocktail
-Alchemists originally experimented with distillation and spirits in their search to transform base metals into gold.
-Monks were searching for the elixir of life, which they believed God had hidden on Earth.
-Physicians sought a way to extract and preserve the essence of herbal remedies to treat illness and aid digestion.
-Ethanol is a polar molecule with a charge that pulls apart other molecules, so it was ideal for dissolving other substances.
-Arnaud de Villeneuve (b.1240), a Spanish alchemist and physician to the Pope, authored one of the earliest records of flavoring wine-distilled spirits using herbs and spices.

Liqueur Cocktails:

-A great feature of liqueurs is that you can control their sweetness by adding additional spirits which will dry out the liqueur.
-Many classic liqueur cocktails take advantage of this by simply combining a liqueur and a spirit.
-You can also create endless variations on these cocktails by changing the spirit added and by varying the proportions.

Drambuie Collection Money with Melissa Francis
 

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