Byrrh, Grand Quinquina

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Byrrh, Grand Quinquina

21.99

A timeless classic made with cinchona, quinine, coffee, bitter orange and Muscat mistelles, Grand Quinquina was once all the rage, until superseded by sweet, wines, like Muscat Frontignon, Rivesaltes and Banyuls - due to advantageous tax breaks after the Second World War. Equally popular in the United States, prior to prohibition, it was then sold in pharmacies, as a tonic wine, due to its pronunciation as ‘beer’. Originally created in 1866 by the Violet brothers, itinerant drapers from Thuir, to take advantage of an early wine boom. Byrrh was acquired by Pernod Ricard in the 1970’s and is still made, to the same recipe, in the same factory, designed by Gustav Eiffel, near Perpignan.

Although used as on old school cocktail ingredient, I still prefer it, on its own, with ice and lemon zest.

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