Michel P. Roux (1940-2019)

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Michel Roux died the other day. He was legendary for helping develop big brands like Absolut, Bombay and Stoli, but I mainly associated him with Absente, which was acute interest for a brief spell, back in the early days when we were wrestling with what absinthe was, was not, and what we should do about it.

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Speaking of passings, Ruben Rueda died last week. He was with Musso & Frank in L.A. for more than sixty years, most of those as a bartender. Sadly, I never met him. I tried to interview him last year for Punch, but he was to ill to talk.

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I was struck by his herbal liqueur, the Elisir M.P. Roux. Very distinctive, and quite
potent. Back in 2001, I found it to be an acquired taste on its own, but it provided
an interesting, je ne sais quoi in cocktails.

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