As they say, “Candy is dandy, but liqueur is quicker.” In this case you get both. Liqueur is made from a distilled alcohol that’s been sweetened and flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, nuts and/or flowers. Originating in the Middle Ages as the vehicle to deliver the beneficial effects of herbs (which keep better when preserved in alcohol) it was the closest thing to medicine at the time. Sweeteners were soon added to make the remedy more palatable. We’ve come a long way baby. Today’s liqueurs are refined, crafted and styled to be enjoyed both on their own and mixed into cocktails – whatever’s clever.