The Genziana Spitz is a gentian root liqueur that makes the perfect aperitif and cocktail ingredient. Citrusy and bitter, it’s far more complex and less sweet than some of its counterparts in the category. Gentian Root is a perennial plant (a rhizome!) that lives below an altitude of 7200 ft level in the mountains of southern Europe. It’s become such a popular herb that it is now a protected species and the harvest of wild plants is prohibited.