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The History and Types of Aperitifs

An apéritif is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite, and is therefore usually dry rather than sweet. Common choices for an apéritif are vermouth; champagne; pastis; gin; rakı; fino, amontillado or other styles of dry sherry (but not usually cream or oloroso sherry, which is very sweet and rich); and any still, dry, light white wine. An apéritif may also be an hors d’oeuvre or amuse-bouche preceding a meal,…

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What is Absinthe?

Absinthe is a strongly alcoholic aperitif made from alcohol and distilled herbs or herbal extracts, chief amongst them grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and green anise, but also almost always including 3 other herbs: petite wormwood (Artemisia pontica, aka Roman wormwood), fennel, and hyssop. Some regionally authentic recipes also call for additional herbs like star anise (badiane), sweet flag (aka calamus), melissa (aka lemonbalm or citronnelle), angelica (both root and seed), dittany (a type of oregano grown in Crete), coriander, veronica (aka…

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Multi awarded Pastis from Lemercier Distillery – 1811 Pastis

Pastis 1811 is a truly traditional Pastis, produced by the distillation and maceration of various seeds and plants (wormwood, mugwort, gentian, liquorice, fennel and star anise). Subtly perfumed, Pastis 1811 is unique due to its freshness and sweetness. With the addition of water and a few ice cubes, you’ll be surprised by its elegance and finesse. A Pastis of exceptional quality, with smooth notes of liquorice. This Pastis, with an alcoholic strength of 45% is an…

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SPICY BEACH COCKTAIL WITH BEACH HOUSE SPICED RUM & PIMENTO DRINK

From Mauritius and France comes a refreshing and easy to make cocktail to spice up your day. The Spicy Beach Cocktail combines two products that spice up your taste buds and makes you dream of a sultry, hot, tropical holiday in the sun. Hailing from Mauritius, Beach House Spiced Rum (40% ABV) has floral and honeysuckle aromas leading on to blood orange with soft spice and hints of vanilla developing in the glass. The palate bursts with sweet spices…

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Disover your senses – Tequila & Mezcal

Everyone knows Tequila – or at least they think they do. But there’s so much more to this world-class spirit than headaches and nausea from ill-advised drinking sessions. It’s subtle, distinctive and, in its finest form, as complex and worthy of contemplation as any fine Cognac or single malt. The subsequent history of tequila’s development from a traditional beverage to the modern spirit of today very much parallels the growth of Mexico herself. In the…

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Distilleries et Domaines De Provence – A true French Absinthe

All true absinthe’s are bitter to some degree (due to the presence of absinthe, extracted from the wormwood) and are therefore usually served with the addition of sugar. This not only counters the bitterness, but in well made absinthe’s seems also to subtly improve the herbal flavor-profile of the drink. The classic French absinthe ritual involves placing a sugar cube on a flat perforated spoon, which rests on the rim of the glass containing a…

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Summum Vodka – Vodka inspired from Cognac

SUMMUM VODKA is an authentic, handcrafted vodka, imported from France (made in the region of Cognac, France) and produced by a passionate master-distiller, Patrick Giudicelli, who has been handcrafting spirits for over 30 years.   SUMMUM is latin for summit (like a mountain summit). We commonly use that word in French to designate the best of the best product, made with the highest possible ingredients and production technique. That is why we chose this name…

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The Vintage Range

At Spirits of France, we are fortunate enough to have access to hundreds of products which no other Australian retailer can source. Introducing The Vintage Collection. The Vintage Collection is a list of unique, rare products from some of France’s finest Armagnac and Cognac producers. Dating back to 1875, we are able to now supply you with Vintage products which will only be bottled upon request. Vintages from: Gelas, Francis Darroze, Castarede, Delord and Jean Grosperrin. Whether you’re trying to…

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About Tequila and Mezcal

Tequila – Tequila is an authentic spirit, made from plants called agaves, in the region of Jalisco, Mexico. Tequila is the result of cooked agaves, juiced, fermented and distilled. Some Tequilas are rested (reposado) or aged (anejo) in oak casks. It’s important to drink 100% blue agave Tequila, as they are many drinks called Tequila that are simply flavoured alcohol, not our cup of tea (100% de agave is often mentioned on bottles). In the…

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About Rum

Rum is a spirit that’s distilled either from fermented molasses (a viscous by-product of the sugar industry where most of the aromatics have been lost through the evaporation of sugar making i.e. Traditional or Industrial Rum or freshly pressed 100% sugar cane juice fermented and distilled i.e. Rum Agricole. Because of its base material, molasses-based rums generally have a sweet note and flavours of molasses, and caramel (their complexity is ramped up by aging them…

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