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On July 2nd, we recognize a liqueur derived from aniseed on National Anisette Day. Aniseed from the anis herb gives anisette its licorice or fennel flavor. While usually a dry dry liqueur, distillers sometimes add a sugar syrup for a sweeter result. Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France lead the world in drinking this licorice tasting drink.

The herb of the aniseed, usually the main ingredient in anisette, is considered to have medicinal qualities. Sweeter than other anise-flavored liqueurs, anisette’s association with a variety cures date back to ancient Egypt. As a liqueur, distillers create a dryer anisette in Europe than they do in the United States. Distillers add other spices such as coriander and fruit to distill anisette, too.

While most enjoy anisette by sipping it, the liqueur can be mixed as a cocktail, too. However, pure anise extract should not be drunk straight. Since its alcoholic content is high, it irritates the throat. However, mixing it in with coffee, gin, bourbon, or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor. The solution? Bake some anise cookies!

If you’re the one who eats all the black jelly beans, you will likely savor a shot with anisette. The licorice flavor comes from the same anise plant that some licorice candies are made. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAnisetteDay

Anisette mixes well with other liqueurs, juices, and sodas for a variety of cocktails and shooters. Sip some anisette for a toast to the licorice flavor you love!  You can also make anise cookies or spiced bars. Another way to celebrate is by exploring 100 Years of Prohibition History. Post on social media using #NationalAnisetteDay.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this distilled holiday. 

Recipe of the Day

Bloody Mary



1 Lemon wedge or 1 tsp Lemon juice
1 Lime wedge or 1 tsp Lime juice
2 oz Vodka
6 oz Tomato juice
Dash of Tabasco sauce
2 tsp Prepared horseradish
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch Celery salt
3 Green Olives (optional)
1 Celery stalk (optional)
1 Slice Bacon (optional)


Pour celery salt into 12 ounce glass.

Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into the glass.

Fill glass with ice.

Add the remaining ingredients and ice and stir.

Garnish with speared green olives and a celery stalk (optional). Bacon is a wonderful bonus too!


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