About Fruit Liqueur

About Fruit Liqueur
Fruit liqueurs are produced by two main methods, either purely with fruit juices or sometimes with fruit that has been steeped in alcohol. Numerous fruits are used in the production of fruit liqueurs, such as cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cassis and blackberry. Alcoholic content ranges from 15% to 30%.

These types of fruit liqueurs are produced throughout Europe, from France and Italy to Germany and Denmark. There are also some produced from the Caribbean, namely coconut liqueur.

While many of these fruit liqueurs are medium-sweet or even sweeter, there are some that are quite dry with a light bitterness. Most are meant for consumption on their own, sometimes before a meal, sometimes after.

This is an extremely popular category the world round, as many fruit liqueurs serve as the base of numerous cocktails.

Top Picks for Fruit Liqueur

Merlet Creme de Cassis de Saintonge Liqueur
97 points
Best Buy
Opaque dark violet color. Fruity, herbal, complex aromas and flavors of honeyed cassis, delicate spice and herbs, dark chocolate hint, and root vegetable with a thick, moderately sweet full body and a smooth, complex, very long cassis jam, floral honey, and hint of menthol mint and ginger finish. A fantastically rich and pure creme de cassis.
97 points $20 Best Buy
Tequilcello Limon Tequila Liqueur
96 points
Minutely hazy golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of gentian and pine sap, spicy roasted lemon marmalade, wormwood tea and linseed, and grapefruit peel with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, distinctive, very long lemon blossom honey and alpine herbs finish. A wonderfully pure and flavorful three-dimensional lemon liqueur.
Awards: 2018 Best Citrus Liqueur
96 points $29.95
Merlet Creme de Peche Liqueur
95 points
Best Buy
Brilliant golden amber orange color. Pure, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe whole peach, peach cider, and floral honey with a glycerous, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, involved, very long rose water, mango-peach sorbet, and pink peppercorn finish. A fantastically rich and flavorful peach liqueur for all applications.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Merlet Lune dAbricot Liqueur
94 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of dried apricot, white chocolate toffee, sesame nougat, and peach blossoms and honeycomb with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, elegant, very long apricot jam on raisin scone and hint of chocolate orange peel finish. A superbly pure and flavorful apricot liqueur with great length and depth of flavor.
Merlet Créme de Poire Williams Liqueur
93 points
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe Williams pear, dried pineapple, sweet vanilla bean, and honeycrisp apple with a round, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length banana soufflé, creme Anglaise, fresh grass, and lemon zest finish. A fruity, pure, shining example of pear liqueur.
Awards: 2017 Best Fruit Liqueur
93 points $20 Best Buy
Merlet Creme de Fraise Liqueur
93 points
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas of strawberry preserves and butter, toasted hazelnut and citrus, and swiss cocoa with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long honeyed strawberries and blood oranges, strawberry gastrique, and hint of potpourri finish. A rich, pure, strawberry liqueur with superb vibrancy and depth of flavor.
93 points $20 Best Buy
J.M. Shrubb Liqueur dOrange
92 points
Dull amber color. Aromas of freshly peeled orange and cinnamon with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length allspice, vanilla, eucalyptus, and honey finish. A complex, spicy orange liqueur that will dress up margaritas and sidecars.
92 points $34.99
Schönauer "Apfel" Apple Liqueur
92 points
Best Buy
Bright slivery straw color. Delicate, pure, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy green apple cider and sauce and light molasses with an even, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, appealing, breezy lemon spirtzed apple and honey finish. A delicious and pure apple spirit.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Bailoni Wachauer Gold-Apricot Liqueur
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of apricot nectar, dried peach, and cherry stone with a syrupy, cloying full body and a long ripe peach, sundried tomato, and honey-thyme finish. A concentrated, vibrant apricot liqueur that will add intense flavor to craft cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Fruit Liqueur
91 points $39.95
broVo Orange Curacao
91 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas of orange oil, rum cake, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla bean with a glycerous, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long turbinado sugar finish. A rich and spicy citrus liqueur with superb acidity and length.
91 points $27.99