Mandarine Napolean: Napoleon’s favorite liqueur experiences a renaissance two centuries later
Play word association with Napoleon Bonaparte, and it usually goes something like this: short, hat, tyrant. Oddly, we may soon add a few new ones to the list: mandarin, liqueur, delicious.
For that we can blame Antoine-Francois de Fourcroy, a chemist who held public offices under Napoleon’s reign and who happened to be an amateur distiller. In the late 1700s, he began experimenting with cognac and Sicilian mandarin oranges — macerating the fruit in the alcohol and then blending the resulting distillate with more cognac.