Shop + Learn: Modifiers

Liqueurs, amari, vermouths, sherries, apertif wines, and bitters

This is the supporting cast of cocktails, supplementing base spirits and adding extra layers of complexity. Liqueurs are a combination of alcohol, flavoring, and sweetener. Though they may seem to be all about the flavor, when using them in cocktails, it's important to consider their sweetness and proof, as both can have a profound effect on a cocktail's balance.

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  • Fruit Liqueurs

    One thing to watch out for with fruit liqueurs: There's a huge difference between quality of liqueurs and bargain brands. There's nothing delicious about an artificial flavor, so seek out the good stuff.

  • Floral & Herbal Liqueurs

    While fruit liqueurs get a lot of the attention, several liqueurs showcase the aromas and flavors of flowers, with elderflower and violet liqueurs being the most widely used.

  • Rich Liqueurs

    Often maligned for their sweetness, many are highly versatile ingredients that can do more than just flavor a cocktail. Used in moderation, they can season cocktails without overpowering them.

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Fellow Classics: The Sidecar

As Death & Co extensively explained in Cocktail Codex, every recipe is a riff on a classic. Here, we offer guidance on these templates as a great starting point for any original creation.

Fellow tips: A sidecar's core flavor is composed of a spirit and a substantial amount of flavorful liqueur, and is both balanced and seasoned by the liqueur. Try swapping Xila in as your liqueur and experiment.

Chateau de Millet VSOP Armagnac