National Liqueur Day is celebrated every year on October 16 and is dedicated to the many types of this alcoholic beverage. It is also known as schnapps or tincture in some parts of the US and is made from distilled alcohol which is flavored with fruits, herbs, spices, cream, flowers, and nuts.
The history of liqueur dates back to at least 400 BC, when drinks were made from distilled wine in Egypt. Often, it was mixed with honey to make mead. The drink was further developed by Italian monks in the 13th century, who brewed bitter herbs and added sugar to remove the bitterness and make it easier for patients to take medicines. Alcohol was also added to enhance the healing agent and the word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere, meaning to liquefy. To be classified as a liquor, it must contain at least 2.5% sugar. It is often served as a dessert drink and as a flavoring in mixed drinks.
- In the 1300s, European monks made liquor from medicinal herbs.
- In 1533, the drink was presented to the French court and became its fashionable drink.
- Four types of liquor have their day in the calendar, namely: Amaretto, Kahlua, Absinthe and Grand Marnier.
How to take part
To take part in National Liqueur Day, you can share your favorite liqueur on social media using the hashtag #NationalLiqueurDay or have a drink with friends and family. You can also ask a bartender to make your favorite cocktail or try something new. You can also make your own liqueur; there are many different recipes available online. If you have a liquor factory nearby, you can visit it and learn about the processes and subtleties of making this drink.
When is National Liqueur Day celebrated in 2023?
National Liqueur Day is observed on October 16 each year.