Facts and information about this famous liqueur drink
Facts about the Anise Liqueur
Anise liqueurs are produced from the anise plant which is grown in the Mediterranean region although it originated from Asia and North Africa. The small white or yellow flowers of the anise plant bloom in mid-summer and are followed by tiny liquorice-flavored fruits called aniseed. The anise plant grows to between 19.5 and 31.5 inches tall.
List of Recipes which contain Anise
Anise is also used in anise-flavored liqueurs such as Galliano, Absinthe, Raki, Arak and Ouzo. These particular drinks contain no sugar and are thus flavored liquors rather than liqueurs. Anise is the dominant ingredient used in the notorious absinthe drink which is banned in most countries. It is also used in soft drinks such as root beer. Jagermeister is a famous Anise Liqueur brand which is produced in Germany. Anisette is a French liqueur which is also flavored with anise seeds. Anisette is a sweeter liqueur than Anise and is lower in alcohol content than other anise flavored liqueurs. The Anise liqueur in these drink recipes can be substituted with a double amount of Pernod, Ouzo or Sambuca. Click any of the following links on the list for recipes which contain this famous liqueur:
Information about the Anise Liqueur
The alcoholic drink Anise is a liqueur. Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere' which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved.
How to serve the Anise Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Anise, an extremely versatile drink. Liqueurs can be served:
Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at room temperature
On the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
Served with coffee
Liqueurs can be mixed with cream or other mixers to create some really good and extremely colorful cocktails
Rainbow Liqueur Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails? They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by 'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials, which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!
Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in Anise cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original Anise cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a cocktail! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in other cocktail recipes:
1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
30ml equals 1 oz
1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1½ oz (ounces) or 45 ml (millilitres)
1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml (millilitres)