Let me tell you a story*.

“Over 200 years ago across the Kingdom of Prussia, the Two Sicilies and the Austrian Empire, a drink was cherished and imbibed by the wealthy and titled elite at their celebrations and grand balls. The drink had a unique flavour and colour and was completely natural. It’s ingredients were sourced from exotic locations and included the coveted Attar of Rose from the East that gave it its unique nose and taste. The drink remained a firm favourite all the way through to the roaring 1920s, but disappeared with the Second World War and the rise of Communism.

Following the fall of Communism and the reopening of Eastern Europe, curators began to unravel the fascinating history of this exclusive drink. After years of work by dedicated artisans the long lost recipe was reborn and Lanique was relaunched.”

I’m feeling quite grand, rather regal after reading this! And with the look of the brand, the stirring violet red, it can intrigue even the most butch of personnel. But the story doesn’t end there. The latest chapter of how we see the brand today involves the purchase by a Jersey entrepreneur named Lawrence Huggler. With him re-packaging and making this spirit a worldwide brand, he now aims for iconic status.

But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Lanique – 39%

Ripe rose and raspberry on the nose, with soft hints of lime coming through. Thick texture upon the palate, with sweet pastilles of rose present, ripe raspberry and cherry flavours, plus subtle rind of orange as it hits a lingering fresh finish.

Signature serve? Why the Laniquetini of course!


Glass – 


Ingredients –

60 ml Lanique
30 ml Gin

Method – 

Shake over ice and serve into a chilled Martini glass.

A very different liqueur, with elegance yet richness that can work well for a variety of cocktails and serves. One to look ahead for the spring perhaps, or if you’re generally intrigued, make up a Laniqutini today.

*Story taken from

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