what is the difference between liquor and liqueur

What occasion is complete without a tasty drink? From the most lavish affairs to the small get-togethers at home, a little sip of something sweet is a must for any festivity.

No matter the time of year, there is a seasonal cocktail that will help you celebrate. Now that fall is upon us and we’ve officially gone into pumpkin spice craze, it’s not uncommon to see various takes on the fruit. You were sadly mistaken if you thought the taste was reserved for your morning lattes. Perhaps you’ve come across pumpkin cider, vodka, and even pumpkin liqueur.

Liqueurit has such a fancy ring to it, doesn’t it? It conjures up images of formalwear and martini glasses with pinkies protruding from their sides. But is liqueur just a swanky way to say liquor?

Though not many people stop to question the distinction between the two, there are certain characteristics that set them apart. For one, liquor drinks are distilled from grains and plants—which typically includes beverages such as rum and whiskey, among others—whereas liqueurs are flavored spirits made from herbs and spices that are added to sweeten a drink. What really sets these two apart? Sugar. Liqueurs are all about that sugar, but not necessarily for its counterpart. Additionally, liquors usually have a higher proof in comparison to liqueurs.

Now that you’ve been enlightened on the difference, let’s look at ways to celebrate all-things autumn with these liquors and liqueurs. Cheers!

Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

homemade pumpkin spice liqueur


For the costume parties and horror movie marathons, pumpkin spice siqueur is a must. Even better? This take on the beverage calls for the real thing, so you’re truly in for a treat. Get our Pumpkin Spice Liqueur recipe.

Gin and Tonic

gin and tonic


It’s a classic for a reason. Offer your guests a gin and tonic on a cold night and you’ll be named the party-thrower of the year. Get our Gin and Tonic recipe.

Coffee Liqueur

homemade coffee liqueur


What better way to pay homage to your morning cup of Joe? Coffee liqueur is a creamy, zesty, and boozy alternative to the Keurig cup…and probably best enjoyed for dessert rather than breakfast. Get our Coffee Liqueur recipe.


Negroni cocktail


Cocktail chemist Matt Seigel, formerly of New York City hotspots Eleven Madison Park and NoMad, decided to let us in on how to perfect the Negroni, and it’s a must for any type of fall gathering. Get the Negroni recipe.

Blood Orange Margarita

blood orange margarita


Celebrate the cooler seasons with one of these bad boys. Grab a tote and make your way to the neighborhood farmer’s market (it’s been known that blood oranges start to pop up around the end of the year). Once you’ve picked your oranges, make the drink with an orange liqueur for a bold taste. It’s the perfect beverage to spice up a cozy night on the couch. Get our Blood Orange Margarita recipe.


Gibson cocktail


Your next get-together will have an air of sophistication thanks to this baby. Get our Gibson recipe.

Caramel Apple Drink

caramel apple cocktail

Lemons For Lulu

Ah, caramel and apples—two autumn tastes that oftentimes fall by the wayside once the pumpkins show up. Lemon’s for Lulu’s concoction calls for rum with a splash of caramel and apple liqueur, so you’ll definitely be in for a satisfying treat. Get the recipe.

Ginger Bloody Mary

ginger bloody mary


Having your friends over for Saturday-morning brunch? This fun take on the Bloody Mary will pair perfectly with those cornbread pancakes and maple syrup. Get our Ginger Bloody Mary recipe.

Guinness Cream Soda

Guinness cream soda


Hello, dessert. This offering calls for Guinness, vanilla liqueur, and ginger liqueur. For those who are under 21 and want a taste of the creamy goodness, there’s a non-alcoholic version as well. Get our Guinness Cream Soda recipe.


blackberry bramble cocktail


Give your gin a taste of blackberries with a hint of lemon with the Bramble. It’s great for those who need a break from all-pumpkin everything. Get our Bramble recipe.

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