Èmile Giffard was a pharmacist before he was a distiller, but in 1885, when the scorching heat of France in summer inspired he was inspired to create something that would cool and refresh his clientele. Lucky for them, Èmile was also a gourmand and began researching the digestive properties of mint as he embarked on his endeavor. Using steam distillation of Mitcham peppermint, Èmile created a liqueur that was as delicious as it was refreshing. Giffard Menthe Pastille, named after the French candies at the time (the name translates to “mint drop”), found instant popularity with the locals. Èmile promptly turned his pharmacy into a distillery and established the tradition and quality for which Giffard is known worldwide. This was only the beginning.