Thursday, September 11, 2008

Homemade Anisette

If you don't mind a little adult beverage now and then, this is a fun thing to do. Herb-infused liqueurs are becoming quite fashionable, and you can make them right at home. You can cut the herbs from the garden, rinse them, and dry on a paper towel the day of use. If you decide to purchase them, look for organic herbs, if possible. Use clean, sterile jars and bottles -- you can reuse the original liquor bottle or a wine bottle as long as it is thoroughly cleaned. Make sure you use a new cork.

Let's start out with Homemade Anisette. The Greeks call it Ouzo, the Italians call it Sambuca. Called Pernod in France, it is used as a nightcap to ease digestion. Anisette can be used to flavor cakes, cookies, and coffee.
It's not necessary to purchase the highest priced alcohol on the shelf. In this case, inexpensive is fine. The smoothness and flavor of the liqueur depends on the quality of the herbs.

1 c. distilled water
1 c. sugar
2 T anise seeds
1 licorice root, scored
4 sprigs anise hyssop
1 750 ml bottle vodka

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and gently bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Toss in anise seeds and licorice root and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Allow to cool and strain. Slip anise hyssop into a clean bottle. Top with vodka and syrup, cap, and shake. Allow flavors to fuse for a few days.
The Herb Quarterly, Spring 2007

More drink recipes to come.

Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why.
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

If you like this blog, please look for my other blogs:
Thyme for Herbs
Happenstance House
Tickling the Ivories


Stacy said...

I have hyssop! Thanks so much for sharing all you know about herbs and what to do with them. I love growing them and learning (from you and others) what all I do with them!

Bebe said...

Hi Jane!
Hmmmm...I'll have to try this one. I grew some hyssop once, but I'm not sure what happened to it. It may have gotten too wet here one summer. I might try some more here in the Spring.

You always have the best recipes!! I desperately want to try that sweet potato stew in your last post. That will be warm and toasty for the fall.

Hugs, Bebe :)

joey said...

What a fun recipe! Could have used a nip or 2 watching the weekend downpour ;)