National Anisette Day | July 2
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


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 various cures dates 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 we make some of our licorice candies from. 


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.

July 2nd Celebrated History


At the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C., Charles J. Guiteau shoots President James A. Garfield in the back. The President would die a long and painful death months later.


Amelia Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island in her attempt to fly around the world.


Sam Walton opens the first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas.


Lyndon B. Johns signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.


The U.S. issues the Susan B. Anthony coin. The one-dollar coin is the first to honor a woman on its face.

July 2nd Celebrated Birthdays

Thurgood Marshall – 1908

The grandson of a slave, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Leading up to his nomination, Marshall prevailed in Brown v. Board of Education resulting in the end of school segregation. He was named Chief Counsel to the NAACP where the attorney was legal counsel for civil rights cases. President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit followed by a 1965 appointment by President Lyndon Johnson to the office of U.S. Solicitor General. In 1967, he was nominated to the Supreme Court.

Medgar Evers – 1925

World War II veteran and civil rights activist, Medgar Evers, is most noted for his efforts to desegregate the University of Mississippi. He was murdered by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963.

Richard Petty – 1937

Known as The King in the NASCAR world, Richard Petty began racing when he was 21 years old. Petty, along with Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson, has won the NASCAR championship seven times. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

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