‘Ihe dï mma onye n’achö, ö ga-afü ya.’
- Ancient Igbo invocation at Öjï ceremony
L'Afrique is an original formula of botanicals from West and North African regions. Some of these constituents are ubiquitous and known throughout the world in a range of consumables from curries to colas. An ancient ceremonial blessing invoked upon partaking in one of these ingredients translates as "What ever good he is looking for, he will see it.”
While it took me more than 30 years to “see it”, the formula had been galvanized in a very early memory, but remained latent for the better part of 3 decades. It represents my earliest awareness of the fertility of the earth and that distinctly warm, humic character that accompanies the anaerobic flow of nature underground. Compounded with classic carminative herbs & spices, these botanicals are blended with a heavy & brooding wine and fortified with spirits to make a distinctly American style Rosso Vermouth.
Modeled after some of the greatest and most unique beverages of Italy & France, this dark, rich and pleasantly earthy libation is meticulously crafted using both traditional and innovative methods.