Throughout history, monks and alchemists experimented with distillation and herbal infusions to create medicinal elixirs and tonics. Over time these concoctions evolved into the flavored spirits that we know and love today, combining distilled alcohol with various sweeteners and additional ingredients such as herbs, spices, fruits, and cream.

The result is a diverse and sweetened alcoholic beverage, typically lower in alcohol content compared to other spirits like whiskey or vodka, making them well-suited for mixing in cocktails or sipping as a digestif.