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National Liqueur Day October 16


National Liqueur Day is observed annually on October 16. This day celebrates the myriad classes and flavors of liqueur.

The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere which means  to liquefy. A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from a distilled spirit flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts and bottled with added sugar or other sweeteners.  Typically considerably sweet, liqueurs are usually not aged long. However, a resting period during their production allows the flavors to marry.

With the broad selection of spirits available in seasonal, fragrant and often curious flavors (vodkas and rums in particular) there is often confusion of liqueurs and liquors.  In the United States and Canada, spirits are frequently called liquor.   The most reliable rule of thumb to follow is that liqueurs are a sweeter, syrupy consistency, while liquors are not.  Most of the liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than spirits. However, some do contain as much as 55% ABV.

In some parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps.

Historically, liqueurs descend from herbal medicines prepared by monks in Italy as early as the 13th century.  These often bitter herbs were steeped and sweetened with sugar to make them more palatable to the monks’ ailing patients. The curative’s potency received a restful boost from its alcohol content as well.


Go out for a drink of liqueur with friends. (Remember, always drink responsibly and never to drink and drive) Use #NationalLiqueurDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Liqueur Day.

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