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Marie Brizard brand anisette[1]

Anisette, or Anis, is an anise-flavored liqueur that is consumed in most Mediterranean countries, mainly in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, and France. It is colorless, and because it contains sugar, is sweeter than dry anise flavoured spirits (e.g. absinthe). The most traditional style of anisette is that produced by means of distilling aniseed,[2] and is differentiated from those produced by simple maceration by the inclusion of the word distilled on the label. And while Pastis is a similar-tasting liqueur that is prepared in similar fashion and sometimes confused with anisette, it employs a combination of both aniseed and licorice root extracts. Sambuca is essentially an anisette of Italian origin that requires a high minimum (350g/l) sugar content.[3]

The liqueur is not commonly taken straight on account of its strong flavour. It is often mixed simply with water, where it produces a milky white consistency.[4] All the liqueur has to be dropped into very cold water at the same moment. Pouring it from a bottle even quickly does not produce the same result. A very white liquid denotes that a good anisette has been used.[citation needed]

Geographical spread[edit]


Anise spirits of the Mediterranean region[4]

In the Mediterranean Basin, anise-based or liquorice-based spirits include:

Latin America[edit]

Anise-flavoured alcohols from other parts of the world include Aguardiente from Colombia and Mexico.[11]


Anise liqueur was also introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish, which developed into the local anisado, an anise-flavored liqueur usually made from distilled sugarcane wine. A notable variant of Filipino anisado with sugar is known as anisado Mallorca, or simply Mallorca. They are commonly used as ingredients in Filipino cuisine.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "History of Marie Brizard" (PDF). Cocktail Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ Blue, Anthony (2004). The Complete Book of Spirits. New York: HarperCollins. p. 283. ISBN 0-06-054218-7.
  3. ^ "REGULATION (EC) No 110/2008 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 15 January 2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1576/89". Official Journal of the European Union. European Union. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Dealberto, Clara; Desrayaud, Lea (25 July 2017). "Le pastis, elixir provencal". Le Monde. Le Monde. p. 28.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Zurdo, David; Gutiérrez, Ángel (2004). El libro de los licores de España. Ediciones Robinbook. p. 50. ISBN 9788496054127. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ Eaude, Michael (2007). Catalonia: A Cultural History. Oxford UP. p. 113. ISBN 9780199886883. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ Lowry, Malcolm (2012). Under the Volcano: A Novel. Open Road Media. p. 24. ISBN 9781453286296. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  8. ^ Hemingway, Ernest (2006). The Sun Also Rises. Simon and Schuster. p. 162. ISBN 9780743297332. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. ^ Dominique Mertens Impex. S.L., Ojén, aguardiente superior, official website, in Spanish
  10. ^ New Orleans Nostalgia, "Banana Republics and Ojen Cocktails", Ned Hémard, 2007
  11. ^ Franz, Carl; Havens, Lorena (2006). The People's Guide to Mexico. Avalon Travel. p. 96. ISBN 9781566917117. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  12. ^ Gibbs, H.D.; Holmes, W.C. (1912). "The Alcohol Industry of the Philippine Islands Part II: Distilled Liquors; their Consumption and Manufacture" (PDF). The Philippine Journal of Science: Section A. 7: 19–46.
  13. ^ Aranas, Jennifer (2015). Tropical Island Cooking: Traditional Recipes, Contemporary Flavors. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 10–11. ISBN 9781462916894.