Did you know that 2 July is celebrated as Anisette Day?

Anisette is a liquor that is flavoured with aromatic aniseeds. A lot of people believe that the flavour is close to that of black liquorice jelly beans which are a kind of candy and have the strong hints of an apothecary potion. People think that black liquorice jelly beans are weirdly flavoured. Though social media contributes to the polarisation and distaste of liquorice-flavoured anything, the anisette has found its way to consumers in a divided world. We are all smiles for this interesting liquor that boasts of a very unique taste. What about you?

Apart from anisette, you’ll find that there are numerous spirits that are made with aniseeds once you start exploring the world of spirits. One such example is absinthe. Nonetheless, anisette is one of a kind because it is sweeter than absinthe. 



Anisette, an inventive spirit, was given birth in France. It is now widely consumed throughout Europe in countries such as Italy, Portugal and Spain. An interesting way to drink anisette is to pair it with brandy. There are a lot of interesting cocktails out there which pair them together. Another wonderful idea is to pair rum and anisette. Yet another popular drink which is called jelly bean shot makes use of anisette, brandy and southern comfort. The idea is to create a striped look, in which one liquid floats on top of the other. Anisette can be used to create a delightful drink that is usually served after dessert. While scotch whisky is the ideal companion for whisky lovers, and wine works great too, anisette also sits right next to those two drinks to provide a perfect finishing touch to the meal. It has a low alcohol content, compared to other anise-flavoured spirits. That’s why you can drink anisette neat or pour yourself a mixed drink to experiment with more flavours. 

With that being said, we hope that you’ll enjoy the taste of anise, and shall gather yourself a glass of anisette some time. If you’re not into alcohol, just pour yourself a drop of anisette in espresso! Salud.

Lastly, if you are wondering what the base ingredient, aniseeds, are all about, here’s a brief introduction: aniseeds, also called anise, are a kind of aromatic herb, also found as a seed. Anise seeds are used very commonly in the Mediterranean as well as Asian cuisine. However, in these places, the liquorice-like taste is revered and the medicinal benefits of aniseeds are well recognised. In Italy, aniseeds are used in making biscotti. Aniseeds help to cure ailments and helps in easy digestion. They keep blood sugar in check. The compound anethole gives the aniseeds its liquorice flavour and smell. Aniseeds are often used in a sweet-smelling essential oil that can be added to diffusers.

Anise is not the same as star anise, which is popularly used in Chinese cooking. The Chinese-five spice makes use of star anise. However, aniseeds may be more closely related to fennel, on the basis of similar aroma and appearance.