Liqueur is a sweet alcoholic beverage, often flavored with fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, roots, plants, barks, and sometimes cream.
The word liqueur comes from the Latin word liquifacere which means “to dissolve.” This refers to the dissolving of the flavorings used to make the liqueur. Liqueurs date back centuries and are historical descendants of herbal medicines, often prepared by monks.
Today, liqueurs are made worldwide and are served in many ways: neat, poured over ice, with coffee, mixed with cream or other mixers to create cocktails, etc. They are often served with or after a dessert. Liqueurs are also used in cooking.