Like in many corners of Europe, France, besides being the “Ferrari” of the production of wines and champagnes, is as well producer of liqueurs. Fruit liqueurs, creams, with more or less alcohol content... there are a lot of these drinks that are worth knowing.
An example of such creams and liqueurs from France is La crème de cassis, in English 'black currant cream' or liqueur de cassis, a dark red sweet liquor made with black currant, which originates from the region of Burgundy. Its texture is creamy and concentrated, and we can find it as an ingredient of many cocktails, since it is good for mixing with other drinks. Its history dates back to 1841, in the city of Dijon, and it emerged as a modern version of an old blackcurrant beverage known from earlier centuries.
For its part, Bénédictine fruit liqueur has a dark amber colour, with aromas of orange and walnut and herbal flavour. Mainly, it is used in cocktails, but also in the kitchen to pair with some dishes. One of the best known liquor brands in France is Marie Brizard, which in its curaçao bleu range, has a bitter orange liqueur with some floral notes. Its colour is blue and is also mixed with other drinks in various combinations.
The Cointreau is a legend among the creams and spirits from France. It was created in the mid-nineteenth century. Its manufacture is made with wines and maceration of oranges and orange blossoms. It is famous for being mixed with soft drinks, and despite being actually a brand, it is now the name of a beverage.
But the country has many other spirits in production. Some of the newer ones are Hpnotiq, which comes from the hands of Heaven Hill company. Its alcohol content is 17%, and it stands out for an intense blue colour. It has tropical fruit aromas and flavour. The exports of creams from France are remarkable.
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