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July 2 is National Anisette Day, the day of aniseed liqueur. Anise gives alcohol a flavor of fennel and licorice, and although the liquor is usually dry, some manufacturers add sugar syrup to it. Today, the leaders in the use of this drink are Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.

The History

Anise has long been known as a medicinal plant, it was first used along with other medicines in ancient Egypt. In the form of a liqueur, it first appeared in Europe, where whiskey producers made aniseed vodka, and then came to the United States. Gradually, during the distillation, spices, such as fruits and coriander, were added to the aniseed vodka.

These days, most people enjoy aniseed syrup or liqueur in cocktails. Pure anise extract is not recommended for use, because it has a high alcohol content, which irritates the throat. However, when mixed with coffee, gin, bourbon, or water, it produces a pleasantly sweet taste. In addition, you can bake cookies with the addition of anise liqueur or make spicy bars.

Interesting facts

On the occasion of National Anisette Day, we can recall the following facts related to anise liqueur:

  • the creator of anise vodka is the Italian Luigi Manzi, who made it in the 1800s;
  • anise water (water mixed with anise liquor) is widely used in Italy for refreshment on a hot day, and in some countries such spirit water is used as an offering to the goddess;
  • anise seeds have been used to treat epileptic, hysterical, rheumatic, septic, digestive health problems.

How to celebrate

In honor of National Anisette Day, you can try one of the many brands that offer anise liqueurs with different sugar content and percentage of alcohol. On this day, you can mix an interesting cocktail based on anise liqueur or vodka. Also, if you don’t feel like drinking alcohol or you can’t for medical reasons, you can bake bread, cookies or make bars with the addition of aniseed alcohol.

When is National Anisette Day Celebrated in 2022?

National Anisette Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 2nd each year.