Episode 58 features Suze, a gentian based aperitif from France. The bottle for the tasting is 750mL at 20% ABV, or 40 proof and sells for about $29.
Enjoy this episode with a Suze & Tonic, or try a White Negroni.
Suze's official website: https://www.suze.com/
Brief Historical Timeline:
- 1885 - Fernand Moureaux inherits his family distillery and sets out to save it, possibly buying the formula for Suze from Hans Keppeler, an herbalist from the village of Sonvilier in Switzerland
- 1889 - Suze is launched (but maybe it's first sold as Picotin)
- 1896 - Henri Porte, partner of Fernand Moureaux, designs the famous Suze bottle
- 1912 - Pablo Picasso creates the collage named Glass and Bottle of Suze
- 1933 - Suze sponsors the Tour de France
- 1945 - The formula is changed, adjusting the proof and adding more sugar
- 1950s-60s - Suze continues to sponsor the Tour de France
- 1965 - Pernod purchases the distillery and brand
- 2012 - Suze is first imported into the United States of America
Suze is great on its own, but works well in the White Negroni, invented in 2001 by Wayne Collins:
- 1 oz. Suze
- 1 oz. Plymouth Gin
- 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
Pour over ice and stir. Garnish with a citrus peel.
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