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 consumption of this drink are Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal.
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 it came to the United States. Gradually, during the distillation, fruits and spices such as coriander were added to the aniseed vodka.
These days, most people enjoy aniseed syrup or liqueur in cocktails. Pure anise extract is not recommended because of its 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 anise liqueur or make spicy bars.
- 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, this spirit water is used as an offering to a goddess;
- Anise seeds have been used to treat epileptic, hysterical, rheumatic, septic, and digestive health problems.
How to take part
On this day, you can try one of the many brands that offer anise liqueurs with different sugar and alcohol content. You can mix an interesting cocktail based on anise liqueur or vodka. If you don’t feel like drinking or you can’t for medical reasons, you can bake bread, cookies or bars with aniseed liqueur.
When is National Anisette Day Celebrated in 2023?
National Anisette Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 2nd each year.