Suze Gentiane Liqueur is a bitter aperitif that’s been produced in France since 1889. Although, I did hear this latest recipe has been toned down a bit for the modern consumer. It’s creator, Fernand Moureaux, centered this liqueur around the flavor from yellow gentian root. The wild gentian is harvested from the mountains of the Jura and Auvergne regians. Gentian root is the main ingredient in bitters and is the main culprit for the bitter properties. Other notable flavors are vanilla and candied orange.
It was Fernand that gave birth to this wonderful liqueur, but in 1912 it was the one and only Pablo Picasso that shot its praise around the world with his piece “Verre et bouteille de Suze.” How about that for a promotion! And it was Henri Porte, in 1896, that designed the iconically slender bottle for Suze.
Suze is bright yellow in color so that could be beneficial to your cocktails color palette. It’s very similar to Campari in its bitterness. Hence, the White Negroni. Below are a few cocktail recipes featuring Suze.
Notes of pear, grapefruit and tropical fruits, a perfect balance of sweetness and dryness.
The unique blend of anise, licorice and the herbs of Provence.
“Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal is a special cognac in a class all its own. It was created in honor of the year that the royal recognition of excellence was given to Remy Martin by the King of France. Blended and aged according to the expert craftsmanship that so pleased the royal palate, Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal embodies the finest traditions of cognac making. A cognac that uniquely honors one of the highest marks of recognition, 1738 Accord Royal is a cognac of exquisite, robust and rich taste.”
The distinct licorice flavor of anise-based Pernod has been a favorite in France for 200 years both as a before-dinner beverage that stimulates the appetite and a zestful cooking ingredient. Pernod’s natural flavor, derived from a blend of herbs, has spread its popularity to the United States. There are dozens of ways to enjoy its crisp but sweet flavor. Pernod purists prefer the light, delicate and refreshing taste of the traditional French aperitif, mixing one part of Pernod with five parts of water. Pernod is also popular in a variety of mixed cocktails with exotic names, Pernod French Kiss, Parisian Blackout and the Pernod Moulin Rouge which use grenadine, fruit juices and cola.
40-50 year old cognac from 100% hand harvested Ugni Blanc. Navarre is an ancient house and the cognac comes to a natural 45% alcohol with no added water, simply through the humidity of the cellar oxidizing the barrels over a long, long period of time. Following distillation, the cognac is aged in oak barrels for 40 or 50 years. The humid environment of Domaine du Renclos (situated on a river bank) together with the mild, sunny autumns and cool breezes of the Cognac region, naturally reduce the cognac to 90 proof during its three to five decade-long beauty rest. Jacky Navarre – a fourth-generation cognac distiller, and one of the last remaining purists in the industry tends to the estate with a simple rule of nature doing most of the work. He lives, breathes, and makes these incredible potions. However only 60 bottles exist in the US.
AWS Notes: Intense nose of orchards in at the end of Autumn. On the palate- poached pears, bitter rind, dried apricots, grapes and raisins that compliment a spicy, oaky undertone. The finish, which is long, luxurious and hedonistic, has slightly earthy notes, along with hints of cinnamon, honey and oak.
” Deep fruit notes with sweet spice interwoven invite you in. Explosive mid palate and extremely long finish will change your mind about all other Cognac you have had in the past.”
Very rare Calvados from estate-owned orchards. This Calvados is made from their apples harvested in 1979.
Very rare Calvados from estate-owned orchards. This Calvados is made from their apples harvested in 1976.