Do you like black licorice? If so, then you have good reason to rejoice since today is National Anisette Day!
Anisette is a sweet anise-flavored liqueur and is typically made by distilling aniseed and adding a sugar syrup. Anisette is primarily made in Spanish speaking countries; however French and Italian brands are prevalent, as it’s very popular in the Mediterranean. It is most often served with a splash of water at room temperature or slightly chilled; however there are many tasty cocktails that you can shake it up in.
With the increasing interest cocktail culture and classic drinks, anisette has seen renewed curiosity, especially with the upswing in absinthe, a close relative. The liqueur is a particularly potent one that can be balanced with bitters in cocktails. Here is one of my favorite anisette based cocktails.
1 oz. Gin
½ oz. Anisette
1 oz. Lime Juice
Shake gin, anisette and lime juice with ice and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Fill glass with chilled champagne, stir lightly and serve.