Verveine du Velay is a trademark liqueur whose formula was discovered in 1859 by Joseph Rumillet-Charretier, a herbalist from Le Puy-en-Velay. Typically found in this alcohol is a mixture of 32 different plants, including the famous verbena, but also lemongrass. This liqueur is then aged in oak barrels before being marketed.
Today, the brand offers several variants, all equally popular: green Verveine, particularly fresh and powerful, 55% alcohol; yellow Verveine, which is softer and is 40% alcohol; Verveine Extra, a mix of classic Verveine and cognac; and 5-year-old and 10-year-old varieties.
While Verveine du Velay is enjoyed as a digestive after a meal, it is also delicious when used to flambé pancakes, or in a cake or yoghurt.