Sunday, October 6, 2013

Suze Gentiane Liqueur

We are proud to introduce to St. Louis....
Just started coming to the U.S. in 2012.   Currently only available at The Wine and Cheese, we are always looking for new products and sought this one out and special ordered it.   This spirit is on fire in Europe a few customers have told us.
They also produce a less potent Suze, but we were able to get the "original" formula at 20%
ABV.  Back in 2009 they brought it back -  "This year celebrates the 120th anniversary of Suze and unique history. On this occasion, Suze Suze launches Taste of Yesteryear, a recipe inspired by the original recipe Suze giving it its characteristic taste and unique personality." - Suze Website

In stock  and online 

Suze Gentiane Liqueur...$29.99 / liter

The unique taste of Suze comes from its original recipe and its traditional development.Comprising 50% of fresh roots of wild gentians, the aromatic base Suze is a subtle mixture of infusion and spirit of gentian, obtained by maceration and distillation. The spirit reveals spicy and fruity notes of gentian, enhanced with extracts of herbs, where Suze keeps secret since its inception.Its aromatic richness is the result of a subtle balance between the fresh gentian and many aromatic plant extracts. 

Suze was created in 1889 by the Parisian distiller Fernand Moureaux, and for more than a century it has been produced with the strictest respect for tradition. Fresh wild yellow gentian is carefully selected and harvested by hand from the mountains of Auvergne, prior to maceration and distillation in Suze. Suze quickly grew in popularity and was captured in Picasso’s 1912 “Verre et bouteille de Suze.” In 1922, Suze initiated the first of many successful advertising campaigns and today, Suze is the fifth leading liqueur in France. Suze Saveur d’Autrefois is modelled after the original 1885 recipe for Suze with intense flavours and a unique personality that reflects fresh yellow gentian. Born during the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, both Suze and the Eifel Tower are linked as French icons. Furthermore Gustav Eifel contributed to the design of the Suze distillery that was constructed in 1922. Suze honored this connection with a special 120 year anniversary bottling in 2009 that was designed in tribute to the famed Eiffel style.

More info and picture from Post Prohibition Hand Crafted Libations

Pablo Picasso “Verre et bouteille de Suze.”
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.

1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz Dolin Bianco Vermouth
3/4 oz Suze
Garnish with a lemon twist
In a mixing glass combine the gin, Suze and Dolin Bianco Vermouth. Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe by Dutch Kills, NYC

A few more drink recipes:
Suze Couture
- 1 measure of Suze
- 1 measure of spring water
- 2 dashes of violet cordial
- 2 or 3 ice cubes

Suze Tonic
- 1 measure of Suze
- 2 measures of tonic
- 2 or 3 ice cubes

Suze Insolite
- 1 measure of Suze
- 2 measures of orange juice
- 1 measure of Crème de Cassis
- 2 or 3 ice cubes

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