Liqueurs are alcoholic beverages made from distilled spirits flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts and often bottled with added sugar or other sweetener.
Liqueurs are often sweet, but rarely aged. Some have resting periods during production to allow flavors to marry.
In the United States and Canada, where spirits are generally referred to as "liquor", there is often confusion over liqueurs and liquors. Liqueurs are usually sweet and often syrupy in consistency, while liquors are not. And liqueurs generally have a lower alcohol content than spirits.
In the United States, liqueurs are sometimes called cordials or schnapps, while in large parts of the British Commonwealth, cordials are fruit-flavored soft drinks. In Germany and Scandinavia, a schnapps is a type of brandy or aquavit.
In Good Spirits:
A man entered a bar and asked for a bottle of beer.
Soon he brings it back unopened and asks for a shot of liqueur instead. He drinks it and begins to leave without paying. The bartender stops him. "Hey, you haven't paid for the drink."
"But I gave you the beer in exchange."
"You didn't pay for that either."
"But I hadn't opened it."
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