Herb and Spice Liqueurs constitute one of the sub-categories of the broad liqueur family, one which came out of the monasteries of Europe where, over the centuries, monks developed herbal remedies for various ailments. Many herb and spice liqueurs still bear the name of monastic orders from which they originated.
Both sweetness and bitterness feature in different types of herb and spice liqueurs. Some styles taste medicinal and earthy, while others may show vanilla, cinnamon and other sweet spices. This diversity makes them a versatile component of the cocktail library.