In the heart of Portugal, where history and tradition seamlessly blend with modernity, there lies a hidden gem known as Licor Beirão. Nestled among the rolling hills of the central region, this exquisite liqueur has been a well-kept secret for over a century. Licor Beirao is a true symbol of Portuguese culture and history showcased in its unique flavour and enduring popularity.
A Heritage of Distinction
Licor Beirão’s story begins in the 19th century, in the town of Lousã, located in the Coimbra District. Born in Lousã in 1916 José Carranca Redondo carefully crafted this unique liqueur, drawing inspiration from ancient recipes and local ingredients. Although the Licor Beirão of today has certainly evolved over the years it certainly owes its unique flavour to José Carranca who saw through its rise right until 2005 at the age of 89.
A Timeless Recipe
Licor Beirão’s unparalleled taste lies in its carefully guarded recipe, which combines aromatic herbs, spices, and citrus fruits. The exact ingredients and proportions remain a closely guarded family secret, known only to a select few. Some of the plants and seeds used in the production of this liqueur are still grown and sourced from the 12-hectare land owned by the company.
The Distillation Process
Craftsmanship and attention to detail are paramount in creating Licor Beirão. After the maceration process, the liquid is double distilled in traditional copper pot stills. This method enables a precise control over the distillation process, ensuring the preservation of the liqueur’s unique character without the need of artificial essence or aromas.
A Versatile Spirit
One of the most remarkable aspects of Licor Beirão is its versatility. Whether enjoyed on its own, over ice, or as a key ingredient in cocktails, it never fails to impress. Its sweet and herbaceous notes make it also an excellent digestif, while its complex flavour elevates cocktails.
The Liqueur of Portugal
Every sip of Licor Beirão transports you to the picturesque landscapes of Portugal. With its warm and inviting aroma reminiscent of the country’s lush orchards, fragrant gardens, and sun-soaked hillsides. No wonder it’s also known as the Liqueur of Portugal or Licor de Portugal.
The success is not just due to its unique taste but also its versatility. The liqueur is still homemade as a family has maintained its commitment to quality and authenticity throughout the years. It has become a symbol of Portuguese culture and a cherished part of family gatherings and celebrations.
While preserving its heritage, Licor Beirão has also embraced innovation. Its distinctive bottle design reflects both tradition and modernity, and the brand has expanded its product range to include variations such as Licor Beirão Miniatures and Licor Beirão Preto, a darker, bolder version of the classic liqueur.
Licor Beirão has earned international acclaim and today is available across the globe. It is now available in more than 40 countries and its unique flavour profile has captivated and brought it international recognition.
Licor Beirão is a testament to Portugal’s rich cultural heritage and commitment to quality craftsmanship. Its secret recipe, versatile character, and continued innovations have solidified its place in the global spirit’s landscape. Heres a toast to Licor Beirão – Licor de Portugal