Sure beer is great, wine is delicious and whiskey gives a jolt. But, for true elegance, a real man should know something of liqueurs. Here are some of the types and brands that every man should have in his liquor cabinet, with prices included. Plus, the ladies love them!
Bathtub Gin ($45)
Bottled by Professor Cornelius Ampleforth, this popular, light-hearted brand is made entirely by hand and follows time honored techniques, resulting in a taste known for being “elegant and having a very appealing lightness.”
Crème De Cassis ($20)
Perhaps the most well-known name on the list, this lower cost, low alcohol content liqueur is known for its sweet, fresh taste, made from the use of lemon peel and blackcurrant extracts and is usually blended with a number of popular mixes.
Irish Cream ($15)
Bailey’s may get all the press, but Brendan’s Irish Cream gets all the awards for taste, creaminess and low relative cost. Perfect for sipping or adding to coffee.
Double Crème De Cassis ($40)
This well-known product of the Joseph Cartron label has been praised for its focus on quality and provenance and its Noir de Bourgogne berries grown on the slopes of the Burgundy Grands Crus region.
Coco Jambo ($30)
A truly unique liqueur, Coco Jambo stands apart due to its coconut based spirit and its “clean, fresh and pleasant to drink flavor with nice, light, almost floral notes.”
Bailey’s Irish Cream ($10)
What list would be complete without Bailey’s Old Irish Cream? The funny thing is, it’s really not that old. BUT, it does come in more than four flavors and is a staple of every respectable liquor cabinet.
Triple Sec ($35)
Made using a three-times distilled spirit as its base and adding a combination of sweet and bitter orange peels. The Fruko-Schulz variety in particular is acclaimed for its purity because “It’s very well distilled and fermented.”
The Noir Fume ($30)
Joseph Cartron’s The Noir Fume is a Lapsang Souchong-flavoured liqueur praised for its “aromatic, fragrant nose” and “intense, smoky flavor.”
Speyside Whiskey ($750)
Bottled by Master of Malt, the Speyside Whiskey liqueur is made using 40-year-old single malt whisky and boasts a “great balance of alcohol and smooth, nutty and fruity flavor.” The price is high, but the rewards are worth it…