parfait amour

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In French literally ‘perfect love’, parfait amour is a violet-scented sweet liqueur which comes in a range of somewhat lurid colours from red to purple (the type commercially available in Britain is purple). It seems to have been invented in the Netherlands in the eighteenth century, and made its first appearance in English in the early nineteenth century: ‘a neat glass of parfait-amour which one sips just as if bottled velvet tipp'd over one's lips!’ (Thomas Moore, Fudge Family in Paris, 1818).

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