October 20, 2006

16 Anise-Flavored Liquors

Anise is a common flavoring for everything from soup to cookies, and is popular in many parts of the world. One of the most prominent uses of anise is its inclusion in various liqueurs (sweetened spirits distilled with natural ingredients such as fruits and herbs) and unsweetened liquors such as absinthe, arak, and raki. Although there are many local variations on anise-flavored beverages, a common element is their ability to be “louched,” that is to turn cloudy when water is added to the liquor. This occurs because the oil from the anise remains suspended in higher concentrations of alcohol, but is released when the concentration decreases.

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