The different types of liqueurs found today, can all be generally classified into two categories: those with a sweet taste (such as fruit liqueur) and those with a bitter taste. The most popular type of liqueur is the sweet variety, which is often enjoyed as an after-dinner drink. Some well-known examples include amaretto, brandy, crème de cacao, and Irish cream, and include flavors such as pineapple pina colada and strawberry liqueur. Bitter liqueurs are usually consumed in smaller quantities and are considered more of an acquired taste; some people even describe them as being "harsh". Examples of this type of liqueur include Campari, Fernet Branca and Jägermeister. Liqueurs have been around for centuries, and were initially used as medicinal remedies. The first liqueur thought to be made was called Chartreuse, and it was created by the Carthusian monks in France in 1737. It was a blend of 130 different herbs and spices, and is still produced today. Other well-known liqueurs that were created in the 18th century include Grand Marnier, Bailey's Irish Cream, and Kümmel. Liqueurs are made by distilling alcohol with various fruits, flowers, herbs, or spices. They can be either bottled straight away or allowed to age for a period of time; this gives them their characteristic flavor and color. Liqueurs are generally still used as a medicine to aid in digestion, and are usually consumed after a meal. However, in recent years they have become more popular as an alcoholic drink as well, and there are now many different types available to choose from. Liqueurs make a great after-dinner drink and are perfect for enjoying during the festive season! Why not try out some new ones this season?