General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. A medicinal herb may be a shrub or other woody plant, whereas a culinary herb is a non-woody plant, typically using the leaves. By contrast, spices are the seeds, berries, bark, root, fruit, or other parts of the plant, even leaves in some cases; although any of these, as well as any edible fruits or vegetables, may be considered "herbs" in medicinal or spiritual use.
Herb liqueurs have been produced since long ago.
Herbal liqueur are tonifying and relaxing at the same time. It can be drunk alone with appetizers, ice, coffee or as a punch. Some of the herbs used are the following: thyme, lavender, master-wort
(angelica), Coca Leaves, fennel, lavender cotton, sage, mint, lemon-balm, hyssop,
chamomile and lemon verbena.
Herbal Liqueurs are very popular, and there are many famous examples often made by Monks, and often made to age old recipes with tens, if not hundreds, of ingredients. Chartreuse and Benedictine are both Monastic liqueurs.
Jägermeister ("hunt master") is a German bitter liqueur that is a complex blend of 56 herbs, fruits and spices. 56 herbs, fruits, woods, barks and roots from all over the world: for example cinnamon bark, cloves, ginger roots, saffron and coriander fruits... and of course, the secret herbs for the secret recipe developed bei Curt Mast. It should be served icy cold to tame its assertive herbal.
Chartreuse is a unique and extraordinary product rich with history and fascinating lore. This herbal liqueur is produced by monks of the Carthusian order whose magnificent monastery is situated in the French Alps. In l605 the Pčres Chartreux obtained a secret formula to make an "Elixir of Long Life" from plants and flowers growing in the mountains.
Green or Yellow, your choice.
de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur
A natural herbal drink made with Bolivian Coca leaf, Amazonian
guarana, Chinese ginseng and 34 other herbs inspired by ancient
Inca usage. Coca leaf is legally served In the Andes as a tea or
chewed in a Matte to reputedly improve oxygen circulation from
the heart to the brain at high altitude. Guarana is a time
honored stamina stimulant originating in the Amazon and widely
used today. The power of Chinese Ginseng recognized by Eastern
mystics no longer requires explanation in the West.
B & B
A combination of half Benedictine and half Brandy; available already mixed and bottled.
Deep amber-orange hue. Pungent spice and herb aromas. A smooth, mildly sweet attack leads to a medium-bodied, mildly viscous palate. Complex, lingering finish. Intense, warming and unique. A classic.
The story of B&B began during the gilded age of
cocktails. Ernest Hemingway, the famous novelist, first
mentioned blending Benedictine & Brandy in 1919. In 1938, B&B arrived in the United States for consumers to enjoy.
Herbs used to flavor liqueurs are in and of themselves, tasty. Many herb liqueurs contain dozens of different ingredients, the exact constitution and combination of which is invariably a jealously-guarded secret. Add them in the right combination, and you have your own unique aperitif. Don't forget that they require time to steep, so early fall is the critical time to create your own herbal liqueurs, in time for gift giving.
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