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Domaine de Canton

Domaine de Canton
French Ginger Liqueur


By Robert Plotkin

While ginger had long been a cherished ingredient in the Far East, it wasn't until the middle of the 19th Century that it was used as the principal ingredient in a liqueur. The original recipe was created at Domaine de Canton, a ginger root estate located in French Colonial Indochina. The liqueur soon became a favorite of the local aristocracy. More than 150 years later that same flavor sensation is available in Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur.

The world's first super-premium ginger liqueur is now made in the heart of the France. The small batch gem is crafted with a blend of VSOP Cognacs and Grand Champagne eaux de vie, which is patiently macerated with herbs, Tunisian ginseng, Tahitian vanilla, orange blossom honey from Provence and 6 varieties of hand-picked baby ginger cultivated in fields close to the original estate. Unlike most liqueurs, Domaine de Canton's flavor is obtained naturally without preservatives or colorants. Prior to being bottled at 56-proof, the liqueur is filtered by hand to ensure purity and pristine clarity.

Domaine de Canton exudes romance and sophistication. It has a pale gold color and a medium-weight, velvety textured body. The liqueur is highly aromatic with wafting, pleasantly sweet notes of honey, spice and citrus. The ginger quickly surfaces generating waves of spicy warmth on the palate. The finish is long, balanced and brimming with the flavors of tangy oranges, candied ginger and oak-induced vanilla. The overall experience is enormously satisfying.

The liqueur is like an extended vacation behind the bar. It adds a warm, delectably spicy flavor of ginger to a wide range of cocktails. Is it appropriate to mention ginger's aphrodisiac properties?