In a nutshell: The classic, vividly green, mint liqueur that packs a real peppermint punch.
The lowdown: This is delightfully aromatic liqueur is made using peppermint essential oils and is a popular constituent of a wide range of cocktails including a Grasshopper which is made with crème de cacao, cream and ice.
Founded by Émile Giffard in the Loire valley town of Angers in 1885, where they're still based, the company's early success was based on their pure, clear and refined white mint liqueur which they called 'Menthe-Pastille'. While this is still one of their flagship products the range has, over the years, expanded enormously. These days they are a global brand producing many different liqueurs, syrups and other spirits which are to be found in some of the world's best hotels and bars.