- Balearic Islands
The drinking of Palo liqueur is quite widespread in the Balearic Islands. A glass of this drink served cold, with a few drops of lemon and gin, is an excellent aperitif and a good stimulant for the appetite
"Palo" is the original Spanish name for quinine, a plant originally from South America. Quinine was discovered in the 17th century in this country by the Countess of Chinchón. Its curative properties made its consumption popular and interest in its improvement increased, with the addition of gentian root, a plant which is beneficial for the digestion but rather bitter, so sugar was later included to soften its flavour, finally leading to an alcohol content high enough to improve its keeping properties. The result is a viscous black liqueur, with an aroma that is not very intense and a sweet flavour, made from quinine, gentian, caramelised sugar and ethyl alcohol of grape origin. In the Balearic islands it is drunk before meals to whet the appetite
- It can be drunk throughout the year.
- Although the basis of this liqueur began on the mainland, the origin of Palo liqueur is limited to Ibiza.
- Average alcoholic content.