Cocktail Time: Bourbon Cordials
A lush chocolate covering with liquid bourbon inside. As for the history, the cordial originated in Renaissance-period apothecaries, as an alcohol-based medicine made with fermented fruits, spices, and herbs that helped stimulate the heart and improve circulation. The cordial came to signify a fruit-based beverage, a liqueur, and, eventually, a kind of tempting sweet, where a cherry was tucked into a chocolate shell. No alcohol was involved but the effect may have been the same. Today, some chocolatiers stretch the term to include all kinds of alcohol-tasting centers.
A Bit of History