Let this Winter Warmer introduce you to Suze.
The bitter liqueur, popular in France at the turn of the 20th century, has become a go-to ingredient for American bartenders during the past five years – after it finally became widely available in the U.S.
Its main ingredient, wild yellow gentian, is responsible for the drink’s vegetal, dry, earthy, woody flavor, which Casper Fry bartender Cody Winfrey confesses isn’t his favorite.
He uses Suze in his simply named Winter Warmer, a cognac-based beverage that he describes as a modern take on two combined classics: the Negroni and the Manhattan.
His creation, he said, “will warm you from within.” Although it isn’t a hot drink, it’s “full of warm and bitter flavors.”
It came about, he said, “from tinkering around.” And when he put it on special at Casper Fry earlier in the season, it received rave reviews. It’s “soft,” Winfrey said, “but full bodied.”
From Cody Winfrey
1 1/2 ounces cognac
3/4 ounce Suze
3/4 ounce Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry Curacao
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Luxardo Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Add all ingredients through bitters into mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into glass. Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry.