In honour of today being National Anisette Day, we thought we’d share a few selective ways to use the anise-flavored liqueur.
For those who’ve never tasted it, it’s nothing to be played with. It contains such high alcohol (using around 30 percent) that it can irritate the throat. But when mixed with other drinks, it’s as smooth as water to drink.
But aside from drinking it, it’s commonly used in the kitchen, so here are a few tasty and alcoholic recipes using anisette.
About Anisette Liqueur
So I know what you’re thinking: Why cook with a beverage? What extra flavours does it give to food? Mainly consumed in Italy, which gives you faith that if a country famous for its delicious flavours uses it, then there must be something to it.
Its flavour is sweet and the drink is also renowned for its liquorice assets – making it perfect to use in our food, particularly in baking. There are hundreds of diverse cookie recipes, but the one below is our favourite by far. And if you prefer cooking than baking, we have a few treats for you too. Don’t worry, we haven’t neglected you.
It’s not always easy to get hold of this liqueur, but thanks to modern resources, you can make it yourself from scratch just by using 2 tablespoons of crushed star anise, 700ml vodka, 235ml water and 680g of sugar. Depending on your needs of course, you can add or limit the amount of ingredients you use.
Italian Almond Anisette
- 170g butter, softened
- 170g sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 850g all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 680g sugar
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
Visit Angelnina’s blog for a full break down of this tasty recipe.
It’s the perfect snack for when you’re craving something sweet and savoury at the same time, or if you have guests over and require some nibbles.
Sweet Spiced Chicken Breasts With Anisette
- 85g dry white wine
- 85g water
- 1 tbsp anisette
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
For this tasty method, visit the Food and Wine website.
As you can tell, this isn’t your typical chicken lunch, as there’s an abundance of alcohol used in it. But it’s great if you’re bored of your current meal times and need to jazz it up some more.
Absinthe Special Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz anisette
- 1 oz water
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- Dash of orange Bitters
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and vigorously shake
- Pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy
- 1/4 oz grenadine
- 1/4 oz anisette
- 1/4 oz grand marnier
- 1/4 oz tequila
- One by one, add the ingredients to a shot glass to create a layered effect.
Why not try the above for one meal time? Invite some friends over and impress them with your newly refined cooking skills; they’ll love you for it.