Suze is a brand of aperitif amaro invented in 1885 by Fernand Moreaux, a distillery owner, but not put on the market until 1889. Owned since 1965 by the Pernod company, Suze is based on wild gentian roots, one of the "Big 4" bittering agents.
Suze is almost impossible to find in the United States, and the Pernod company has no plans to import it.
Suze is a pale greenish-yellow color and clear. It smells strongly of gentian: earthy, rootlike, and strongly bitter, but this bitterness is softened by sugar, citrus and vanilla flavors. It is 30 proof.
Some popular cocktails containing Suze
- Alcatraz — Añejo tequila, Oloroso sherry, Suze, Mezcal, Bitters, Agave syrup, Orange peel
- Pennington Daiquiri — Martinique Rum, Brandy, Suze, Lemon juice, Honey syrup, Simple syrup, Lime
- Midnight in Manhattan (Woodford) — Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Suze, Cherry Bitters, Orange peel, Vanilla syrup
- Fumata Bianca — Bianco Vermouth, Suze, Mezcal, Club soda, Grapefruit peel
- The Smartest Man Alive — Rye, Suze, Lemon juice, Honey syrup