We were first introduced to Forthave Spirits a couple of years ago through their coffee liqueur. After a beautiful meal at one of our favorite local restaurants, Fausto, we were served "BROWN" — an unexpected and delightful treat. It was slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and had a complex and robust coffee flavor thanks to Forthave's collaboration with Café Integral.
We asked our server about the producer and learned that they also make a red aperitivo, a gin, and an amaro. The following week we bought them all.
The complexity and attention to detail that Forthave takes is unrivaled in the boutique spirits industry. From the care taken sourcing and storing their botanicals, to their creative and distinct labels, these spirits are a real work of art.
Whether you're in the mood for a Negroni or a Boulevardier, the Forthave Spirits RED Aperitivo offers an excellent alternative to the classic Campari. It's produced with 13 botanicals which include orange, chamomile, and rose. It's rich and flavorful while also being lifted and slightly floral. More often than not, we pair a Negroni with Carpano Antica Vermouth, but also enjoy Berto and Punt e Mes — Berto having a slight garrigue flavor profile and Punt e Mes with a more bitter quality thanks to the addition of Amaro.
Forthave RED Aperitivo is also delicious with a splash of soda, on the rocks with a lime, or in a Spritz.
A gin martini is a classic that never goes out of style. This simple yet elegant cocktail is usually made with a London Dry Gin. The citrus and juniper heavy spirit can be built into a drink that is bone dry (with very little dry vermouth) or dirty (with the addition of olive brine).
What makes BLUE Gin unique is the infusion of mint, which gives an herbal lift. It has a brightness which can elevate your next cocktail to new heights. BLUE is also unfiltered, so it will create a pearlescent effect when poured over ice or when mixed with tonic.
After a mouthwatering burger or juicy steak it can be great to have an Italian-style amaro. It can help to ease digestion and settle the stomach. More often than not amaro is served chilled and at the end of a meal, but it can be used to make a delicious cocktail. We recommend elevating your next Paper Plane (bourbon, aperitivo, amaro, and lemon juice) with MARSEILLE Amaro.
Forthave Spirts MARSEILLE Amaro is based on the ancient recipe of four medieval thieves who were caught stealing from plague victims in Marseille. In exchange for clemency, they revealed their secret concoction, which Forthave studied and used as a basis for their tasty bitter herbal liqueur. Tons of eucalyptus, cinnamon, rhubarb, and honey can be discovered on the nose. The pallet is slightly bitter and viscus, which will have you coming back for more.