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tansy flavoured digestivo

This recipe for arquebuse using 34 secret herbs was invented in 1857 by a French monk Brother Emanuele at the Hermitage on the Gier. Originally called Arquebuse dell’Hermitage, it was sent to soldiers in France's colonies as a cure all.

In the early 1900s, French anticlerical laws saw the monks of the Hermitage relocate to Carmagnola near Turin, where they built a distillery called Alpestre. In the meantime, other firms began to produce imitations of their Arquebuse dell’Hermitage, so the monks renamed their version Alpestre, which has since been designated PAT for good measure.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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