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
- Fumata Bianca — Bianco Vermouth, Suze, Mezcal, Club soda, Grapefruit peel
- Alcatraz — Añejo tequila, Oloroso sherry, Suze, Mezcal, Bitters, Agave syrup, Orange peel
- Bletchley Park — Blended Scotch, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Suze, Brandied cherry
- The Smartest Man Alive — Rye, Suze, Lemon juice, Honey syrup
- Dreadlock Holiday — Jamaican rum, Suze, Bianco Vermouth, Pineapple liqueur, Lemon peel