A big bottle of French bitter aperitif Picon Bière. Until recently, it was difficult to readily source this aperitif outside of France.
Made from a base of dried oranges, gentian and quinine, this is a bittersweet and herbal liqueur, traditionally drunk with beer. The bitters were first produced by Gaétan Picon, who was born in 1809. He created Picon during his time in Algeria with the French army, initially as a means of staving off Malaria. The liqueur is now produced in Marseille.
The bottling offers up notes of bright zesty orange, lemon rind, tonic water, coffee, syrup, bittersweet herbs, a touch of vegetation and orange juice.
Whilst traditionally this liqueur is consumed with beer (in a 1:5 ratio) it is also delicious mixed with white wine, sparkling wine or soda water.