$$ — 24% ABV — Gentian

One of the most exciting come-backs of late is Suze, a French aperitif that was once very famous throughout the States prior to Prohibition. Since then, bartenders would often go to Europe with half an empty suitcase specifically to bring back Suze for themselves and their friends.

Naturally a pale yellow from its high amounts of gentian root, it's favored for its grassy smell, rounded bitterness and quiet notes of citrus. While many 

Named for the Swiss river, Suze is a fixture of Europe. Picasso even commemorated it with an abstract mixed media piece called "La Bouteille de Suze" depicting a Suze bottle, glass and ashtray. So a European's relationship with Suze may be quite simple, but bartenders love using it by the spoonful to embitter rye or Bourbon whiskey.

Incredibly cheap, and becoming more available every month, Suze makes for a great home bar fixture and is a welcome addition to just about any gin drink. The French and especially the Swiss however just have it on the rocks.

Suze is located in Paris, Île-de-France in northern France. Established in 1889 by Fernand Moureaux, it is now owned by Pernod-Ricard.