Anisette (also anis) is an
anise-flavored liqueurmainly consumed in France, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, and Spain. It is sweeter than most anise-flavored liqueurs (such as pastis), and also has a lower alcohol content (typically 25% by volume, versus 40%). Like pastis, it was first created to replace absinthe. "Marie Brizard" is a well-known brand of French-style anisette. Anís del Mono is a beloved Spanish brand. SambuccaRomana is one of Italy's versions. Anisette is an ingredient in a "Nightcap".
A sweet liqueur made by macerating 16 different seeds and plants and blending the maceration with a neutral spirit and sugar syrup. Anisette should not be confused with
pastis, which is made using star anise(the fruit of the evergreen, Chinese star anise tree) rather than aniseed(the seed of the Mediterranean anise plant, a member of the parsley family). Anisette diluted with water is generally clear, while undiluted pastis is transparent yellow.
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