Suze is a well-kept French secret. The shockingly yellow bitters burst onto the scene during the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris.
The drink is a derivative of gentian roots. The plant lends the liqueur an earthy taste, similar to dandelions, and a delicate citrus flavor.
While drinkers usually enjoy Suze alone as an aperitif, the drink’s bitter, floral tones may stymy novices. These Suze cocktails take advantage of the alcohol’s more challenging elements to create delicious, unique drinks.
This article takes a look at these Suze cocktails:
The Suze Sour
Bartenders hoping to impress their friends with a tropical twist on a classic should try their hands at a Suze sour. Whiskey sours are delicious cocktails that look harder to make than they are. The Suze sour builds off the traditional recipe, adding Suze and simple pineapple syrup.
Bartenders create the creamy foam topping the drink with egg whites. You may need some practice to perfect your presentation, but the sour Suze sour is worth the effort. The concoction is fruity, refreshing, a little sweet, and just bitter enough to satisfy.
The sparkling Suze combines three kinds of alcohol into one refreshing cocktail. The drink uses Cava, a sparkling wine that lends it an air of elegance. Despite this sense of sophistication, the cocktail could not be easier to make.
Mix cava, suze, and St. Germain Elderflower liqueur into a glass, and enjoy. The cocktail is a little sweet and very floral, perfect for a summer afternoon.
Suze and Tonic
Gin and tonics are classics for a reason. The cocktail is refreshing, light, and almost impossible to ruin. The recipe has precisely two ingredients, which creates nearly endless modification possibilities.
The Suze and tonic remove the gin altogether. While gin gives a cocktail a pine flavor, Suze lends the drink a delicate floral bitterness that complements the quinine's taste. Bartenders of all experience and skill levels can master the drink; just mix Suze and tonic, and you've got a crisp, delicious cocktail.
Erin Dumas, the bar manager at Lighthouse in New York, crafted the Lazy Suze by fusing the best elements of whiskey sours and brown derbies. The resulting drink is sweet with a citrus punch.
The cocktail uses ingredients most bartenders keep on hand. Mix whiskey, Suze, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Give the concoction a powerful shake and strain it into your favorite glass.
The Suze q is easy enough to make, provided you know your way around a mortar and pestle. The cocktail calls for muddled cucumber, which gives the drink a bright, crisp flavor.
Once you've muddled the cucumber and simple syrup, add gin, Suze, lemon juice, and tonic water. The resulting concoction sparkles with bright citrus and earth flavors.
Negronis have been bar staples for a long time. However, bartending has no sacred cows, and the classics benefit from experimentation and modification. The white negroni eradicates the Campari and sweet vermouth, replacing the ingredients with Lillet blanc and Suze.
The white negroni is bitter but refreshing. The drink has a hint of sweetness to temper the harsher aspects. The cocktail is perfect for beginner bartenders; simply mix gin, Suze, and Lillet blanc into a glass and stir.
Nothing ends a perfect date better than a nightcap. A nuitcap helps you impress your partner far better than a simple glass of whiskey ever could. The cocktail is bracing and bitter, a refreshing and powerful drink made of four types of alcohol.
Add the following to your shopping list: cognac, Suze, blanc vermouth, orange liqueur, and soda water. Mix everything in a glass, and enjoy.
The Keyser Suze is the perfect cocktail for your Usual Suspects watch party. The simple but elegant drink has a sophisticated, dry flavor that is perfect for sipping.
The Keyser Suze mixes up easily but uses some unconventional ingredients. You'll need Suze, Noilly Prat Extra Dry, vermouth, and orange bitters to fix the drink.
Suze in Paradise
The Suze in Paradise is ideal for bartenders looking to add some French flair to their repertoire. Quentin Chapuis, the co-founder of the Federation Francaise de l'Aperitif, developed the semi-sweet, fruity beverage as a take on a spritz.
The drink needs only four ingredients: Suze, creme de framboise, grapefruit juice, and tonic water. The final cocktail is crisp, fizzy, and delicious.
The Fair Play is a light, layered cocktail idea for weekend brunches. The mild drink contains low alcohol content so that visitors can enjoy a glass or two.
Seasoned and novice bartenders alike can master this cocktail. Simply mix Lillet Blanc, suze, bourbon, and orange marmalade. The marmalade lends a citrus sweetness that beautifully contrasts the Suze's bitterness and the bourbon's bite.
Suze has a unique floral taste. These cocktails supplement the aperitif’s unusual flavors with complementary ingredients, making beautiful, nuanced drinks. Grab a bottle and get mixing!
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