Difference in liqueur and syrup?


For a bartender this post’s title is an easy question. But anyway, I experience daily that normal mortal people do not know the difference between the two concepts. Sometimes, I have a simple cocktail with liquor, juice and soda, I often hear “oh, a non-alcoholic cocktail …” – NO! Liqueurs are by no means alcohol-free, although maybe 30-40-50% of people believe it. Liquor Act contains per min. 15% alcohol, and mine. 100 grams of sugar per liter of liquor. Both requirements must be complied with, otherwise it is not a liqueur. And that’s where the misunderstanding arises – Liqueur is like syrup, a very sweet and often colorful liquid. Many liqueurs contain much more sugar in a 100 gram per liter. For example. contains liqueur type “Creme de [taste]” min. 250 grams of sugar per liter. In particular Creme de Cassis, black currant liqueur, contains much sugar, up to 450 grams per liter.

So, liqueur similar in many ways syrup – with the important difference that liquor always contains alcohol completely opposite syrup which is always soft. Syrup contains inherently much sugar, typically over 50%.
Many fruit syrups will contain both sugar, water and juice from the fruit.
So next time you get the drink with liquor in, leave the car. Thank you


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Old time bartender from Denmark. Owner of DrinksMeister

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