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. 

Suze Website (in French)

Some popular cocktails containing Suze

  • Keyser Suze — Bärenjäger, Gin, Suze, Cognac, Lemon juice, Orange peel
  • Sunny Disposition — Blanco tequila, Dry apricot brandy, Suze, Bitters, Lemon juice
  • Enrico Palazzo — Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Aperol, Suze, Grapefruit bitters, Grapefruit peel
  • Zuzu's Petals — Bison grass vodka, Maraschino Liqueur, Elderflower liqueur, Suze, Bitters, Lime juice, Simple syrup
  • Clair de Lune — Gin, Sherry, Suze, Maraschino Liqueur, Licor 43, Lime bitters, Lemon peel

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Suze in the US!

Huzzah! Suze is finally available Stateside!... I just picked up a bottle at my local liquor mega-store. 1 liter set me back just under $30.

Apparently, this is not the standard Suze, either. What I found is "Suze Saveur d'autrefois" (or "old flavor"). It's 20% ABV, and the label says it "takes its inspiration from the original recipe for Suze".

Tried a little bit straight... Funky-earthy-vegetal on the nose, powerful but delightful bitterness on the sip coupled with, to me, distinct honey and saffron notes (along with the aforementioned funkiness). I can't wait to mix with it!