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Anise-Flavored Liqueurs

anise-flavored liqueurs = anise liqueurs = liqueurs d'anis   Notes:   This is a category of liqueurs that are flavored with either anise, star anise, or licorice.  Examples include anisette and pastis from France, ouzo and mistra from Greece, anesone and sambuca from Italy, anis and ojen from Spain, and kasra from Libya.  Substitutes:  aniseed (finely ground) OR herbal liqueur OR anise extract (Substitute a teaspoon of anise extract for every 1 or 2 tablespoons liqueur.)  


absinthe = absynthe   Notes:   This potent anise-flavored liqueur contains the narcotic herb wormwood, so it isn't available in most developed countries.  If you wish to live dangerously, you might be able to find it in Spain.  Substitutes:   Herbsaint OR Pernod OR anisette

anesone   Pronunciation:  an-uh-SO-nay   Notes:   This is an Italian anise-flavored liqueur.   Substitutes:  anisette (sweeter)

anis   Notes:   This is a name sometimes given to drier anise-flavored liqueurs, like pastis, ouzo, and arak.  Substitutes:   anisette

anisette  Pronunciation:  ann-uh-SET or ANN-uh-set  Notes:  This French liqueur is flavored with anise seeds.  It's sweeter and lower in alcohol than other anise-flavored liqueurs.  Marie Brizard is a well-respected brand.  Substitutes:  anis OR anise extract (Substitute one teaspoon anise extract for each tablespoon of anisette.) OR Pernod OR ouzo OR pastis, OR sambuca   See also:  anise-flavored liqueurs


arak = raki = arack = arrack = arraki    Notes:   The name comes from the Arabic word for juice, and it's applied to a wide variety of somewhat harsh-tasting alcoholic beverages that are flavored with various herbs and spices, particularly anise.  It's fairly potent, and usually served as an apéritif.   Substitutes:  ouzo OR grappa OR aquavit


Galliano = Liquore Galliano  Pronunciation:   gal-YAH-noh   Notes:  This excellent Italian liqueur is flavored with anise and comes in a bottle that's one inch taller than your liquor cabinet.  It's used to make Harvey Wallbangers and other cocktails. Substitutes:   Neopolitan liqueur (a cheaper American substitute for Galliano) OR sambuca


Herbsaint   Notes:   Made in New Orleans, this anise-flavored liqueur was developed as a substitute for absinthe, which contains a narcotic and is outlawed in the United States.  It's used in mixed drinks and Oysters Rockefeller.   Substitutes:  Pernod OR Ricard OR anise-flavored liqueur

mastika = masticha  Notes:  This brandy-based Greek liqueur is flavored with gum mastic.   Substitutes:   ouzo OR metaxa OR anise-flavored liqueur

Neopolitan liqueur  Notes:   This American liqueur is an inexpensive Galliano wannabe.  Substitutes:  Galliano 

ouzo   Pronunciation:   OO-zoh  Notes:   This potent, anise-flavored Greek liqueur is usually mixed into water, turning it cloudy.   Substitutes:   Pernod OR Ricard OR pastis OR anisette OR raki OR Sambuca


pastis   Notes:   This is a licorice-flavored liqueur that the French like to serve with water.   It's higher in alcohol than anis or anisette.  Popular brands include Pernod and RicardSubstitutes:  ouzo OR other anise-flavored liqueurs


Pernod    Pronunciation:   pear-NOH  Notes:   This is a popular brand of pastis, or licorice-flavored liqueur.   It tastes like a mouthful of Good 'N Plenty candies.  Substitutes:  Ricard OR Herbsaint OR anisette


Ricard   Notes:   This is a popular brand of pastis, or licorice-flavored liqueur.  Substitutes:  Pernod OR anisette


sambuca   Pronunciation:   sam-BOO-kah  Notes:   This is a semi-dry Italian liqueur that's flavored with anise, berries, herbs, and spices.  It's traditional to float three coffee beans in each drink.  Molinari and Romana are well-known brands.   Substitutes:  anisette OR ouzo OR Galliano



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