Monday, 27 July 2009

Bordeaux Liqueurs Part Two

Parfait Amour

Parfait Amour appears to have several forms - exactly who invented it remains unclear but the House of Lucas Bols in the Netherlands claims to have originated the liqueur but so does France . The colour is a magenta and violet hue and it is flavoured with orange peel, rose petals, vanilla and almonds. It was very popular in the 19th century and was once served in French brothels as an aphrodisiac!

Crème Liqueurs

Despite the name, crème liqueurs contain no cream. Instead, they're liqueurs that have been heavily sweetened and have a thick, syrupy consistency (don't confuse them with Irish cream liqueurs, which really are made with cream).

Crème de Cassis

Crème de cassis is a sweet, blackcurrant flavoured liqueur, and is an ingredient of Kir, an aperitif named for Félix Kir, a former mayor of the town of Dijon in Burgundy where the black currant plant thrives). The original cassis liqueur was invented by French monks as a cure for ailments as diverse as snakebite and melancholy. The modern version of the drink first appeared in the Burgundy region in 1841, displacing "ratafia de cassis" from prior centuries. It is made from blackcurrants crushed into refined alcohol, with sugar subsequently added. It is the favourite drink of the fictional detective Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie.

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