Liqueur Review: Cannella Cinnamon Cordial

Close up picture of cannella cinnamon liqueur bottle. Sun is shining through the orange/brown liquid inside.
Cannella Cinnamon Liqueur

I have a special treat! Cannella Cinnamon Cordial is a cinnamon-infused liqueur that only just launched in November of 2014. Turns out, Joe Cannella of Cannella Spirits sent over a bottle for me to review.

If you’ve read my  article on How to Make Cinnamon Liqueur then you already know I love cinnamon! That being said, I’m afraid this review will be quite biased.

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Homemade: Chocolate Coffee Liqueur

Dark brown chocolate coffee liqueur in a rocks glass.I made this chocolate coffee liqueur a few weeks ago for some friends. It turned out really well. I figured it out after reading through a variety of recipes found across the net.

This recipe ends up providing a more complex taste than the liqueurs where the recipe only calls for white sugar or only vodka. The taste is primarily a coffee liqueur, but with a rounded sweetness and definite chocolate background.

I have had a dozen or so people try this liqueur and absolutely no complaints. Give it a try! You may not like instant coffee by itself, but it works great for making a quick liqueur.

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Liqueur Review: Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur

Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur
Gran Gala's latest bottle design

Like oranges? I do too! We have so much in common, you and I.  Well, besides oranges I love Margarita’s too, and when I make that delicious Mexican concoction – I make them a little heavy on the orange liqueur side.

What?! There is orange liqueur in my Margarita you say? Yes, yes that’s right, the cheapo Triple sec you have been using for years is an orange liqueur. However, once you try a few other orange liqueurs you may realize  that the cheap bottle of Triple Sec that you typically use, is not one of the most complex or tastiest out there. Don’t get me wrong your typical bottom shelf Triple sec is an “orange flavored” liqueur that is great on a budget, for mixing experimentation where you may be consuming a lot of product, or maybe you just want a lighter flavor.

A variety of Orange Liqueurs abound

Orange Liqueur like Triple Sec is made by a variety of manufacturers, DeKuyper probably being one of the cheapest and  more commonly carried around where I live in Alabama.  The few orange liqueurs in the vein of Triple Sec that I have tried so far tend to be light on flavor and light on your wallet, both can be a good thing, but in my journey to make a better Margarita at home I found a trend.

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Cocktail Recipe: Chocolate Banana Split Shot

Author: Kimberly Bailey

Chocolate Banana Split Shot

Optional Ingredients:

  • Chocolate bar for shavings
  • Banana slices for garnish
  • Chocolate syrup for decoration

Combine liquid ingredients into a shaker. Shake well and pour into individual shot glasses. The above recipe should provide enough for six shot glass servings. Chocolate syrup can be used to dress up the rim of each shot glass. Shaving chocolate over the drink and garnishing with a banana slice on the rim can help make this presentation of this drink beautiful.

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Cocktail Recipe: Chocolate Temptation Martini

Author: Kimberly Bailey

Chocolate Temptation Martini

  • 1 ½ shots Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation Liqueur
  • 1 ½ shots Crème de Cacao
  • ½ shot vodka (any flavor)
  • 2 ½ shots half-and-half cream

Optional Ingredients:

  • Mint leaves for garnish
  • Chocolate bar for shavings
  • Chocolate syrup for decoration

Combine the above liquid ingredients into a shaker filled with cubed ice and shake. After shaken, the drink can be poured into a chilled martini glass. Chocolate syrup swirled in the glass and frosting the rim can be a fantastic addition for a richer chocolate taste. The drink can easily be dressed up with shaved chocolate on top and a mint leave added for garnish.

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Liqueur Review: Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation Cream Liqueur

Chocolate Temptation Cream Liqueur
Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation Cream Liqueur

Edit – Jan/2015 – This liqueur has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is sadly no longer available!

Author: Kimberly Bailey (also her first review on PureLiqueur!)

From the first sip, it’s apparent that Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation Cream Liqueur boasts flavors that truly make it a special treat. The rich chocolate flavor makes the drink a dessert in itself, with no need for any additional flavors to be mixed in. I enjoyed this delicious liqueur with just a few ice cubes in the glass. In fact, I find that this liqueur could add a special something after any meal at home.

This bottle of chocolate liqueur would make a fantastic gift to any chocolate lover. Rather than gifting a friend a large box of chocolates, a beautiful bottle of Chocolate Temptation liqueur could be an ideal purchase. I know that with the warm chocolate flavor, I would definitely enjoy receiving a bottle of this liqueur for a gift. The 750 mL bottle is priced very reasonably and can be found at practically any retailer that sells liqueur.

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How to make Strawberry Liqueur

Strawberry Liqueur
Strawberry Liqueur

It’s needless to say that strawberry is a very popular flavor. I love strawberry flavors and when I decided to make a strawberry liqueur I had no idea what to expect as I had never tried a store-bought strawberry liqueur before. I’ve had so many strawberry flavored sweet foods and that I guess that is what I expected, but I know well enough now that with alcohol infusion the flavors you expect don’t always come through.

I chose to go organic with this recipe, and I will be trying to do this more often. I’ve read too much about the fungicides and pesticides on conventional ingredients to ignore organics when they are available.

Finding strawberry liqueur recipes was easy around the net and they were all very similar. Cut up a bunch of strawberries and cover them with alcohol, add spices, honey, etc. I wanted to keep it simple so I took from the simplest recipes and made my own variant.

Follow along!

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Liqueur Review: Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur

Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur
Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur

There are quite a few Irish Cream liqueurs out there and to be honest I’ve only tried maybe two or three. Really just the most popular ones you see in stores around these parts like Bailey’s Irish Cream and O’Reillys Irish Cream are the ones I’ve given a go.

Saint Brendan’s has an subtly attractive bottle and I hadn’t noticed it before and at $17 I figured it was worth a shot. Due to the low price I did ask the shopkeep if he had any experience with it and he said it was now his favorite cream liqueur. After his positive review of it, I picked up a bottle to try for myself.

Background:

I don’t have much background on this one. It’s obviously named after Saint Brendan and Wikipedia tells me that Saint Brendan was an early Irish monastic saint that was renowned for a legendary journey to an Isle of the Blessed. I’m not very schooled on any Saints, but it sounds like some interesting reading.

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How to make Cinnamon liqueur: Or so I thought…

Homemade Cinnamon Liqueur
Homemade Cinnamon Liqueur

Cinnamon. In ancient times it was a luxurious gift for kings and gods. Today it makes an appearance on our cinnamon rolls, apple cobbler and even french toast. 

Me, I just want to devour anything that tastes like it. Mix it with alcohol? Even BETTER. 

With no exaggeration, I LOVE cinnamon. It seems that the more I eat cinnamon my love for it just grows like a cinnamon tumour inside me. As I began making liqueurs I knew that cinnamon liqueur would be a key step in my quest for excellent homemade liqueur. 

Before I talk about the four cinnamon liqueur variants I made, let me rant a little on the things I learned about Cinnamon. 

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Liqueur Review: Chambord Liqueur Royale de France

Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
Chambord Liqueur Royale de France

When I think of unique liquor or liqueur bottles; the first one coming to mind is almost always Chambord. For many years Chambord’s easily identifiable bottle has stood out on the shelf. The gold belt over the deep purple liqueur and interesting globe shape make it very easy to recognize.

Before this liqueur review I had never tried it outside of a cocktail, so let’s take a deeper look.

Background:

Chambord liqueur is said to be inspired by a raspberry liqueur once produced in the Loire Valley of France in the late 17th Century. To this day many delicious  liquors are produced in that valley, such as Cointreau, Triple Sec and Royal Combier.

The original liqueur inspiring Chambord was supposedly introduced to King Louis XIV during one of his visits to the Chateau de Chambord. Royalty in those times always had the best of the best and it was common for many fine spirits to be had with lavish meals.

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