Episode 25 features Mandarine Napoleon, a premium cognac based mandarin orange flavored liqueur made in Belguim. Bottled at 38% ABV, or 76 proof.
Enjoy this episode with a glass of Mandarine Napoleon neat, or in a cocktail.
Mandarine Napoleon's official website: https://www.mandarinenapoleon.com/us/
Brief Historical Timeline:
- Late 1700s/early 1800s - Antoine-Francois de Fourcroy is credited with inventing the drink for Napoleon Bonaparte
- 1892 - Mandarine Napoleon is first sold commercially, after the recipe is discovered in Fourcroy's diary by Belgian chemist Louis Schmidt
- 2009 - Mandarine Napoleon is sold to De Kuyper Royal Distillers
Mandarine Napoleon is a great substitute for any cocktail that calls for triple sec or other orange liqueurs. It can also be enjoyed neat or on ice.
Napoleon Margarita (The Brand's Signature Cocktail):
1 oz Mandarine Napoléon
2 ozs Tequila 100% Agave
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1 bsp Agave syrup
Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a lime peel.
Inspiration for this episode goes to The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart for her mention of Mandarine Napoleon on page 300.
Chicago Tribune article referencing the sale to De Kuyper Royal Distillers
Wikipedia article on Mandarine Napoleon (in French)
Wikipedia article on Antoine Francois de Fourcroy
Official show website is: www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com