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 liquor    [LIH-kuhr]

1. A distilled, alcoholic beverage made from a fermented MASH of various ingredients including grains or other plants. WHISKEY, GIN, VODKA and RUM are among the most popular. See also  AQUAVIT; ARRACK; BOURBON; BRANDY; MALT LIQUOR; MESCAL; OKOLEHAO; SCOTCH WHISKY; TEQUILA. 2. An oyster's natural juices are referred to as its "liquor." 3. POT LIQUOR or pot likker refers to the liquid resulting from cooking meats or vegetables.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.

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