A staple of any home bar. A brandy distilled from apricots, maintaining the color and taste of the fruit used to flavor it. Can be used in cooking and in drinks like that lady killer and Bahama breeze. Sloe gin is a red liqueur flavoured with sloe (blackthorn) drupes, which are a small fruit relative of the plum. In the U.S., the term “liqueur” is synonymous with cordials and is derived from the Latin liquefacere, meaning to liquefy. It refers to the early Middle Ages monastic practice of extracting the essence of botanicals, which were added to base spirits and believed to have medicinal properties.