It all began in the French town of Angers during the sweltering summer of 1885. Local pharmacist Emile Giffard concocted a medicinal mint liqueur—called Mente Pastille—to assuage the discomfort of his heat-stricken customers. Immediately thereafter, Giffard converted his pharmacy into a distillery—and since that day, the family has never looked back. Five generations of the Giffard family have held aloft the traditions that have put them among the most widely respected liqueur producers in the world. Today, the liqueurs are considered mainstays in bars and cocktails everywhere. And whatever purpose it suits—whether in a Stinger, a sparkling wine & pamplemousse cocktails, a Blue Bird made with the Giffard Blue Curaçao, or simply a Mente Pastille aperitif—these are certainly spirits you’ll be reaching for time and time again.