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A strong alcoholic drink served at the end of a meal, some may also be used in cooking. Most are distilled spirits, some having a fruit, and others a herb base.

By the 15th century, the Italian"s had become the leading liqueur makers, and Catherine de Medici took some of their recipes to France with her. Montpellier becoming a famous centre of manufacture.

Housewives often concocted their own liqueurs, but most were and are made by manufacturers who secretly guard their recipes. See 'Benedictine'; 'Cointreau'; 'Grand Marnier'

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