KAHLUACoffee liqueur originating in Mexico made from mexican coffee beans.
KIRSCHWASSERA strong, dry black cherry fruit brandy made by both the Germans and the French.
KUMMELA cordial liqueur of Dutch origin made from caraway seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and aniseed, with herb flavors added.
LIGHT RUMRums lighter in body though not necessarily in color than their dark, heavy-bodied Jamaican cousins. Light rums may be white, "silver", or golden in color. They usually hail from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands.
LIGHT WHISKEYAmerican whiskey, lighter in taste and body than its conventional whiskey predecessors. It is distilled at a much higher proof (161 to 189) than traditional whiskeys and aged in reused barrels rather than in new charred barrels.
LILLETAn increasingly popular French apertif, light and dry, that comes in two versions, white and red.
LIQUEURAn alcoholic beverage that is manufactured by adding flavorings such as strawberry, orange, or almond to a distilled spirit. the flavorings can be added in one of three fashions; steeping, percolating/filtering, and redistilling. Combinations of flavors, such as mint, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are also used. Because of the way they are produced, the differences in quality among liqueurs are dramatic. Some liqueurs, especially those manufactured in Europe, are still made by natural processes and contain natural ingredients. Unfortunately, many of the larger liqueur firms, including most American firms, use chemical flavor concentrates in the manufacture of their liqueurs. Where such chemical concentrates are used, the law stipulates that the liqueur must be designated on the label as "artificial", or "imitation". One line of liqueurs still manufactured entirely by natural process is France's Marie Brizard, Bols of Holland (which makes superb triple-sec, and curaçao), and the original Amaretto di Saronne.
LIQUORAlcoholic beverage most often distilled, rather than fermented.
LONDON DRY GINThe type of clear dry gin popular in Britain and the United States, highly suited to mixing drinks in general and martinis in particular.
LOW BALLA short drink consisting of spirits served with ice alone, or with water or soda in a short glass. Also known as an on-the-rocks or old-fashioned.
MALIBUA jamaican coconut flavored rum liqueur.
MANDERINE NAPOLEANA liqueur made from manderine orange flavored cognac.
MARASCHINOA very sweet white cherry liqueur made from the marasca cherry of dalmatia, Yugoslavia. This liqueur is sometimes used in sours in place of sugar.
MARIE BRIZARDFrench producer of high quality liqueurs.
METAXAA strong, sharp-tasting, aromatic Greek brandy.
MIDORI MELON LIQUEURA pale green liqueur of Japaneese origin that tastes of fresh muskmelon or cantaloupe.
MISTA glass packed with crushed ice to which spirits are added, usually straight.
MULLA warm drink containing wine, sugar, spices, and possibly a liquor. Also a verb meaning to warm, spice, and sweeten, a technique that is applied to both wine and ale.
MYER'S RUMA famous line of high-quality dark Jamaican rums.