For reasons unknown to the internets, October 16 is National Liqueur Day. But hey, any excuse, right? But while the internet may not know the origins of the day, it seems to have a pretty good idea of all the liqueurs out there, which include longtime faves like campari (ah, sweet negronis), cointreau, sambuca and Jägermeister as well as more exotic but increasingly popular choices like elderflower liqueur (sold under the name St. Germain) creme de violette (on the drink menu at places like Bradstreet), and maraschino liqueur. Liqueur is basically just alcohol mixed with added sugar and mixed with herbs, fruit, flowers or some other type of add-in. Here's recipes for a couple of our favorite liqueur-centric drinks:
The Gemini (from Martha Stewart)
4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice, strained 3 oz. St-Germain liqueur 2 oz. vodka Ice cubes Prosecco 2 grapefruit-rind twists
Mix grapefruit juice, St-Germain, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into 2 chilled glasses. Top with Prosecco. Serve each with a grapefruit twist.
Myrtle Bank Punch (from the book "And a Bottle of Rum")
1 1/2 oz. dark Jamaican rum 3/4 oz. lime juice 1/2 oz. grenadine 1 t. bar sugar club soda 1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur
Shake first four ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into tall glass filled with fresh crushed ice. Fill with club soda. Top with float of liqueur.