Anise-Flavored Liqueurs

Anise-Flavored Liqueurs
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.
absinthe
absinthe
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.
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anesone
This is a name sometimes given to drier anise-flavored liqueurs, like pastis, ouzo, and arak.
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anise
This is a name sometimes given to drier anise-flavored liqueurs, like pastis, ouzo, and arak.
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anisette
anisette
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.
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arak
arak
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.
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Galliano
Galliano
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.
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Herbsaint
Herbsaint
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.
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mastika
mastika
This brandy-based Greek liqueur is flavored with gum mastic.
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Neopolitan liqueur
This American liqueur is an inexpensive Galliano wannabe.
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ouzo
ouzo
This potent, anise-flavored Greek liqueur is usually mixed into water, turning it cloudy.
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pastis
pastis
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 Ricard.
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Pernod
Pernod
This is a popular brand of pastis, or licorice-flavored liqueur. It tastes like a mouthful of Good 'N Plenty candies.
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Ricard
Ricard
This is a popular brand of pastis, or licorice-flavored liqueur.
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sambuca
sambuca
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.
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