Byrrh Grand Quinquina
Classically sipped on ice with lemon peel or with a splash of tonic.
Byrrh Grand Quinquina is made to the original late-19th century recipe that earned worldwide fame and inspired fifty years of evocative poster art. Byrrh combines a generous, port-like wine and mistelle base with a firm backbone of natural quinine to produce a fruity, refreshing aperitif by itself, with tonic and a twist, or paired with blue cheese. In cocktails, Byrrh mixes well with vodka, gin, cognac, tequila, Irish whiskey, and grapefruit.
Producer: Violet Fréres (Caves Byrrh)
Origin: Thuir, Roussillon, France
In 1866 in French Catalonia near the Spanish border, brothers and traveling merchants Simon and Pallade Violet opened a shop in Thuir, France with a few small barrels of wine. Simon created a unique recipe from a blend of fine Roussillon wines flavoured with plant extracts and enhanced with cinchona bark (quinine). At first called simply “Hygienic Tonic Wine with Cinchona,” the beverage was named Byrrh in 1876. According to one story, the name is a random invention: the letters B Y R R H were simply code letters attached to a few rolls of cloth stored in the haberdashery owned by the Violet brothers. The company expanded rapidly beginning in the late 1800s, and the Violet family built the expansive cellars that exist today.