All throughout history, Monks produced spirit-based drinks. These creations were used as medicines and tonics. Still today, we consider an after dinner drink to have digestive qualities (possibly from the relaxation and improved mood one gets from sitting around and chatting with friends, after a good meal).
Herbs used to flavor liqueurs are in and of themselves, tasty. Add them in the right combination, and you have your own unique aperitif. Don't forget that they require time to steep, so early fall is the critical time to create your own herbal liqueurs, in time for gift giving.
Play around with your flavors. I enjoy keeping a more savory type for illness, while a naturally sweet liqueur might be the exact thing a holiday meal needs. Either way, no one would ever say no to this unique gift.
Because herbal liqueurs are naturally served as as a digestive, anise if a perfect addition to the list.
From the article on Anise:
Cooks like anise for a number of things. Known for it's licorice taste. The seeds are interchangeable with fennel and can be used whole or ground. Chewing anise seeds or making a simple tea, can often soothe the stomach. Try adding anise seed to cheese and egg dishes, in breads and cracker spreads and in the recipes for these baked goods.
From formal to casual, tasty to prettying up the landscape, hyssop is a must have herb. Imagine how much more you can justify it in the garden, now that you know it can be used in herbal liqueurs?
The surprising strength of the hyssop's aroma, also translates into a natural sweetness that marries well into an herbal liqueur.
Well loved and at the same time feared in the garden, this invasive herb needs only strict handling, to make it a favorite. Use it to create a refreshing after dinner liqueur, and enjoy it even more.
Any mint that you enjoy the flavor of would do, but if you are choosing for the first time, the peppermint flavor would be a good choice. Wintergreen seems to remind me of candy and toothpaste. This isn't exactly the sensation I am trying to evoke with a liqueur.
The mere thought of drinking a liqueur flavored with the delicate scent of violets, just sounds luscious.
Used for their soothing and naturally sweet flavor, violets would not only taste good on their own, they would pair well with other herbs, to complete a recipe of your own making.