Cordials typically consist of a base spirit, such as brandy or vodka, combined with sugar and either fruit, nuts, herbs and spices, or coffee. They cover everything from Kahlúa to Chambord and Grand Marnier. Some famous brands such as Irish Mist, Jägermeister and Tuaca are proprietary blends of many ingredients, with secret, closely guarded recipes.
Cordials are a traditional after-dinner drink and can be served on their own or with a cup of coffee (or mixed with the coffee) to round off a meal. Some of the more exotic cocktails, such as Stingers and Grasshoppers, also have cordials as an ingredient.
Well-known brand names and their flavors include:
Grand Marnier (orange)
Sambuca (black licorice)
Southern Comfort (peaches)