September 27, 2009

apertifan apéritif is an alcoholic drink that you have before dinner… and the french are very fond of their apéritifs.

the most famous of them being pastisborn from the prohibition of absinthe, pastis was invented to fill the gap of an anise flavored drink.  unlike absinthe however, pastis is flavored with star anise and licorice root, and because it is a liqueur, is bottled with sugar.  other than that, both drinks are meant to be mixed with water, and both ‘cloud up’ when the two are mixed (5:1).

always served chilled, pastis is meant to be sipped outside in the afternoon on a hot day at a café in paris, while watching people walk by.

image via tine k design


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