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
- The Smartest Man Alive — Rye, Suze, Lemon juice, Honey syrup
- The Black Freighter — Spiced Rum, Suze, Cherry Liqueur, Bitters, Lemon juice
- White Negroni — Gin, Aromatized wine, Suze
- Keyser Suze — Bärenjäger, Gin, Suze, Cognac, Lemon juice, Orange peel
- Brown Bomber (Julien Escot Variation) — Bourbon, Byrrh, Suze, Lemon peel