Liköre: Drinks of the Nobility

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Liköre are historically prestigious drinks enjoyed by the rich and nobles in Europe. Sugar was very expensive and only the rich could afford to consume Likör that was sweetened with sugar. Likör is served either as aperitif on a cozy evening or as digestif after a delicious meal. 

In 1530-1533 Catherine de Medici brought the culture of Likör (liqueur) drinking to the French Court and spread its popularity among European nobles. She married the future king Henry II in 1533. At that time distillates and sugar were both very expensive ingredients, so Likör became soon the drink exclusively for the noble class. It is said that her favorite Likör was made from rose petals, orange, and jasmine, among other ingredients.

Read more about the History of Likör.

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