I actually love liqueurs. (These are alcohols that have fruit or some other additive in it (like nuts, herbs), as well as sugar.) I enjoy ’em over lotsa crushed rocks, but they’re commonly also used in cocktails. There’re loads of flavours out there, and the ABV is usually between 15 and 30%.
The more popular liqueur (pronounced likheur) are stuff like Baileys, Malibu and Kahlua. However, the fruit ones are really good. They make an excellent dessert. One of my fave is creme de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur.
Joseph Cartron is a distinguished liqueur brand that’s been around since 1882, and originates in Burgundy, France, and its international director was in KL recently at a cool dinner at SevenAteNine, Ascott.
Cartron has built its reputation by focusing on the quality and authenticity of the fruits added in. The product is distilled according to traditions, as Cartron has remained a family biz for five generations. I sure can vouch for its quality. It claims a high fruit content compared to other brands.
The first drink that nite was a cocktail – Dark Horse.
This has a cassis base (blackcurrant liqueur). It tastes fresh, with lime and apple. Lots of fruit flavours of blackcurrant. It’s like a refreshing alcoholic ribena from real berries.
This was followed by a grapefruit cocktail, utilizing Cartron’s grapefruit liqueur. The first nose/taste was of cologne. Haha. That’s coz the ingredients are varied.
The Angostura bitters bathe your palette at the front end, with bitter lemon in the mid, and throaty bitterness from the liqueur at the finish. Lots of fresh grapefruit flavours coming thru from the liqueur. A very fragrant beverage.
Tim made us a Pina Colada, with Cartron’s coconut liqueur. Tho there was no coconut milk in d cocktail, the coconut flavours came out really well.
There are a whole range of fruit liqueurs from Cartron, so i decided to try a few on da rocks. Had the wild Blackberry.
This one’s bitter-sweet, best over crushed ice.
I couldnt resist the Cacao liqueur. (Cacao is the raw fruit from which chocolate is derived.) Straight-up with the White Cacao. It’s got a sweet, nutty nose, with tastes of almond n vanilla. Niice.
Had a shot of the dark cacao too. This gave me whiffs of kopi-o and liquorice. Tastes of caramel and coffee, a lil smoky even. Solid.
Other types include apple, kiwi, banana, apricot, mint, rose, wild strawberry, coffee, raspberry, peach, cherry, bilberry,chestnut, it goes on…
Several bars in KL have them, including SevenAteNine. Cartron also has several eau-de-vie, ie colourless fruit brandy, which i couldn’t appreciate.
I luv Cartron now. A quick glance at my room bar and i see am pretty much out of liqueurs, ‘cept for some mead.
At abt $68 a bottle of this excellent stuff, it’s reasonably-priced, so i plan to score some real soon and restock my bar. Good for chilled drinks with a chick, or for mixin it up at a house party.