Giffard Lichi Li Liqueur
France A delicacy in the Imperial Court of China since
the 1st century, fresh lychee fruit are now enjoyed the world over as an exotic
and delicious treat. Giffard Lichi-li captures the tropical scent and flavor of
Taiwanese lychees. Try it with vodka in a lychee martini.
The origins of the French company Giffard can be traced
back to 1885, when Émile Giffard started looking into the digestive and
refreshing properties of mint. Giffard was a pharmacologist at the time, making
and selling medicine in Angers, France. What he ended up creating was a mint
liqueur, which he immediately put to the test, and offered to the guests at a
hotel to provide relief from the scorching summer sun. The pure and refined
drink proved a hit and prompted the Frenchman to transform his pharmacy into a
distillery. The liqueur was named Menthe-Pastille after the mint sweets that
were popular at the time. Today the family business continues the tradition and
continues carrying the Giffard banner, five generations later.