Cordials, also known as liqueurs, are generally low in alcohol content and high in sugar. Crème cordials indicate a higher sugar content than regular cordials, sometimes as high as 35%. They are often used to sweeten up and improve mixed cocktails but many can also be enjoyed on their own. Cordials often begin with a base liquor, such as a neutral grain alcohol, whiskey, rum, or brandy. Sugar is then added to the base, along with herbs, fruits and/or spices depending on the desired flavor.
There are many different types of cordials that are produced by multiple brands, such as absinthe, amaretto, Irish cream, and triple sec. There are also exclusive blends protected by specific brands. For example, St.Germain, Frangelico, Hpnotiq and Benedictine.