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Briottet Liqueur Cactus Piment Figue de Barbarie is a rather unusual liqueur made from hot pepper cactus and prickly pear.
Maison Briottet is a family business, founded in 1836. Originally, the family were primarily negociants of Burgundy wine, involved with ageing, blending, bottling and selling the wines. Following the development of the blanc cassis aperitif (white wine with Crème de Cassis), the company progressively focused its activities on producing fruit crèmes, liqueur, brandies and marcs de Bourgogne. The current managing director, Gérard Briottet, represents the fourth generation, and maintains the tradition started by his great grandfather, Edmond Briottet. Maison Briottet maintains a very high level of quality. It is the selection of the ripest fruit from the most suitable cultivars that provides for the finest flavours; therefore contracting the right growers to produce the correct fruit is the first step on the ladder. Subsequently, properly observed maceration with very pure neutral alcohol, and blending with the correct proportion of sugars to achieve the balance between fruit flavour, sweetness, acidity and alcohol create these excellent crèmes and liqueurs.
Briottet Liqueur Cactus Piment Figue de Barbarie is a bit off the wall – it is a liqueur made from the Figue de Barbarie or prickly pear cactus and hot peppers. Very unusual but is great for Mexican themed cocktails. The prickly pear is sometimes known as Indian Fig Opuntia and the fig is a fleshy berry which contains a hundred or so seeds. It is juicy and flavoursome and has a taste which is soft and delicately sweet. It has with a subtle floral aroma. The combination of cactus of hot pepper and of prickly pear results in a delicate and soft liqueur with a hot finish.