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

Tempus Fugit Creme de Banane Liqueur
99 points
$47.13
Golden amber color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of banana bread, brown sugar, and fried bananas in butter and cognac sauce with a thick, soft, very sweet fat body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish that shows overtones of banana custard and candied raisins. A vivid, wonderfully natural Banana Liqueur to be used liberally in cocktails; it’s rare to find Liqueurs with such exceptional purity and intensity of flavor.
99 points $47.13
Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
$23
Best Buy
Rich dark garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, hints of peppermint, toast, and citronella with a bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, massive, medium-long smoked peppercorns and fine syrah finish. An intense, complex and generous Creme de Cassis with bold, pure flavors; the go-to choice for a Kir Royale, an El Diablo, and many other classic cocktails.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Merlet Crème De Poire Williams Pear Liqueur
96 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas of ripe pear, crisp heirloom apple, and jasmine with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long toasted apple cake, ripe melon, honeycrisp apples, and hints of mint finish. A vivid and pure pear Liqueur with delicious length and balance.
Merlet Soeurs Cerises Cherry Liqueur
95 points
$38
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, devil’s food cake, bomb pop, and black cassis syrup with a round, vibrant, cloying fat body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of berry jam and cherry slushie. A bold berry Liqueur with subtle chocolate nuances.
KOVAL Distillery Cranberry Gin Liqueur
95 points
$35
Garnet color. Exotic, spicy aromas of horehound candy, dried ginger, eucalyptus, marinated hot peppers, star anise, sesame, salted plum, and dried mushroom with a satiny, racy, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long tart cranberry, sloeberry and oolong tea finish. A totally unique liqueur with piles of East Asian spices and racy acidity; one-of-a-kind craft cocktails, coming right up!
Merlet Crème De Fraise Strawberry Liqueur
94 points
$35
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted strawberry, rhubarb, and boysenberry with a syrupy, lively, very sweet medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length plump raspberry and forest berry tea finish. A vivid berry Liqueur with a pop of balancing acidity; great for sparkling wine cocktails.
Merlet Crème de Melon Liqueur
94 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, golden apple, and honeydew with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of watermelon finish. A light and outgoing melon liqueur with an excellent sense of freshness and purity.
94 points $13.95 Best Buy
Merlet Creme De Peche de Vigne Fruit Liqueur
93 points
$23
Best Buy
Bronze color. Aromas of dried strawberry, clove, and dried apricot with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length sweet berries, peach preserves, and honey finish. A nicely layered Fruit Liqueur that will be a true cocktail workhorse.
93 points $23 Best Buy
Righteous Seven® Barrel Reserve Liqueur
93 points
$33
Mahogany color. Tropical aromas and flavors of brown sugar, dark honey, grilled pineapple, roasted cacao, and bananas with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, very complex, medium-long finish displaying overtones of allspice, clove, cola, cinnamon, molasses date cake, roasted walnuts, and dulce de leche. A rich, tropical, spicy, fruit-laden Liqueur that offers a world of possibilities for cocktails.
Merlet Crème de Mure Liqueur
93 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark ripe cherry, blackberries, and black cassis with a round, crisp, very sweet full body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with suggestions of honeyed plum finish. A concentrated ripe and pure berry liqueur that will make for quintessential Kir Royales and El Diablos; try in all types of cocktails and desserts.
93 points $13.95 Best Buy