FriJul 2

National Anisette Day – July 2, 2021

National Anisette Day is celebrated on . But what exactly is anisette? Anisette is a liqueur derived from the humble aniseed spice. Aniseed, from the anis herb, is also what gives that licorice and fennel flavor. In its natural form, anisette tastes dry and bitter. That’s why some distillers sometimes add sugar syrup to make the liquor sweet and palatable. Countries like Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France are the leading countries in drinking anisette. While it is rarely consumed on its own, anisette is a common ingredient in many cocktails. 

History of National Anisette Day

The herb of the aniseed is often the main ingredient in anisette and is considered to have medicinal properties. It is also sweeter than other anise-flavored liqueurs, and anisette’s association as a medicinal cure dates back to ancient Egypt. The anisette in Europe is dryer than the anisette available in America. Distillers sometimes add spices like coriander and fruit to distill anisette. 

Aniseed is the seed of the anise plant. Like absinthe, anisette is created by distilling aniseed. Legend has it that it was first made as a replacement for absinthe since it has fewer herbs and no wormwood. In fact, some anisette tastes so dry and bitter that some brands add up to 350 grams of sugar for every liter of it! It is mixed with other flavored liquors and is typically not drunk straight. Anisette is sweeter than most other anise-flavored liqueurs and has an alcohol content of about 25%. It can also be used in recipes. Café de Paris is a popular cocktail made with anisette, gin, cream, and egg white. When it is stirred with bourbon and bitters, the drink is known as a New Orleans. Another very popular drink made with anisette and other alcohol is known as a Palomita. However, traditional drinkers simply mix anisette with cold water to enjoy its unique taste. Anisette is known by different names around the world, some of which are ‘raki’ in Turkey, ‘mastika’ in Bulgaria, ‘ouzo’ in Greece, ‘aguardiente’ in Colombia, ‘sambuca’ in Italy, and ‘pastis’ in France. 

National Anisette Day timeline

13th Century
Licorice

Licorice is first used in a confectionary item.

1673
First Bar in America

The oldest bar in the U.S., White Horse Tavern, opens in Newport, Rhode Island.

1790s
Absinthe

Absinthe is created in the 1790s by Pierre Ordinaire in Switzerland.

1800s
Anisette

Luigi Manzi, an Italian, makes anisette for the first time in the 1800s.

National Anisette Day FAQs

Is anisette made from anise?

Yes, anisette is a type of liquor derived from aniseed. 

When is National Anisette Day celebrated?

National Anisette Day is celebrated on July 2 every year. 

Can I make cocktails with anisette?

Anisette is hardly drunk straight. It is mixed with other alcohols to make cocktails.

National Anisette Day Activities

  1. Try a new brand

    You can try a new brand of anisette for National Anisette Day. Different brands have different sugar content and alcohol percentage. It’s a great day to try something new.

  2. Make yourself a drink

    Make yourself a classic anisette drink or improvise your own unique cocktail. Whatever it may be, anisette makes any drink extra delicious.

  3. Bake with anise

    If you don’t wish to drink, you can also try baking cookies, breads, and cakes with anise. The slightly pungent flavor makes for an interesting aftertaste.

5 Facts About Alcohol That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Champagne corks can kill

    Every year 24 people die after being hit by a champagne cork.

  2. Wine is older than the wheel

    The invention of wine dates back to 4100 B.C. — way before the invention of the wheel.

  3. Beer is the oldest recipe known to us

    The oldest recipe known to mankind is of a beer dated between 3400 and 2900 B.C.

  4. Children can drink in the U.K.

    A child, aged five or older, can drink alcohol on private premises in the U.K.

  5. Vodka can be very expensive

    The most expensive vodka in the world was sold for $3.75 million.

Why We Love National Anisette Day

  1. It’s a day to enjoy a drink

    Everyone loves a day where you can enjoy a cocktail or two! Catch up with your friends and celebrate the day in style.

  2. It’s a popular liquor

    National Anisette Day celebrates a drink that is widely drunk and loved by so many people around the world.

  3. It’s a unique flavor

    Anise or anisette lends a unique flavor to drinks and food. The day also celebrates the versatility of the spice.

National Anisette Day dates

YearDateDay
2021July 2Friday
2022July 2Saturday
2023July 2Sunday
2024July 2Tuesday
2025July 2Wednesday

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