National Anisette Day 2020: Important date, History, Facts about Anisette

National Anisette Day 2020: National Anisette Day is celebrated on July 2 with  Anisette, colorless aniseed-flavored alcoholic beverage made of distilled spirit along with sweetener, otherwise called as Anise. Get the information about the history of anise and facts from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jul 01, 2020 16:20 PM

National Anisette Day 2020: Important date, History, Facts about Anisette

National Anisette Day 2020

National Anisette Day is celebrated on July 2 of every year. Aniseed from the anis herb gives its licorice or fennel flavor to anisette. Although a dry liqueur is normally used, distillers are often added with sugar syrup for sweetness.

Anisette is commonly consumed in countries such as Italy, Greece,  France, Portugal, Lebanon, Cyprus, Spain, Israel, and Turkey. Anisette is traditionally made by aniseed distillation, and due to the sugar content, it is colourless. Naturally, anisette drink has a too strong flavor and high alcohol content, so that it has to be combined with other drinks such as coffee, gin, bourbon, or water. 

What is the history of National Anisette Day?

The history behind National Anisette Day's origins is unknown. During 1500 B.C, Anise was first used in Egypt which was mentioned in the Holy book Bible. Anise was later used for various purposes such as treating epilepsy, an antidote for snake bites and scorpion stings, etc. 

In ancient Greek, writings describe how anise helps breathe, relieves pain, induces urine, and relieves thirst. Since the 1800s the oil has been commercially utilized. The food, soap, perfume and cream are made by using the fragrance of anise.

Till now, it is used as a treatment for laxatives in America. Traditionally, the Italians consumed Anisette by adding them to their coffee, as it helped in easy digestion of heavy meal. Thus anisette later developed into liquor.

What are the Common uses of Anise?

Anise is often added to liqueur candy or used as a substitute for the licorice flavor. It is a fragrant liqueur ingredient in anisette. Anise is widely used in all food categories including alcohol, liqueurs, dairy products, gelatins, puddings, meats, and sweets as a flavouring. The seeds are used as a breath freshener and it is sold as a spice.

Anise is well known as a carminative, expectorant, antispasmodic, and antiseptic. It has the ability to reduce bloating and treat the digestive tract, and it is used for the treatment of cough, bronchitis, and asthma. Aniseed or anix has lots of medicinal properties and is widely used to treat respiratory problems, digestion issues, etc. However, it has narcotic effects, the use of heavy dosage could cause breathing issues and maybe it deprives the blood circulation to a certain extent. Additionally, it may cause skin irritation and so it is not recommended for pregnant women.

How to celebrate the National Anisette Day?

The National Anisette Day ios celebrated by people across the world. The day is celebrated by:

  • Mixing your favorite cocktail with some anisette and enjoy it with your friends and loved ones

  • Take this day as an attempt to try out various anisette drink combinations and have some anise cookies

  • Importantly, spend some time learning about the medicinal values of anise. 

  • Use #NationalAnisetteDay to spread awareness about the day

Interesting Facts - Anisette

Anisette is a popular liqueur in countries of the Mediterranean such as Portugal, Greece, Italy, Turkey, etc. The liqueur is made by a long fermentation process and it is a most common drink during the Easter and Christmas periods.

The liqueur should not be taken as straight, it should be mixed with the water which further transformed into milky white color. It is known in Italy as palomita and is often regarded as a drink intended for refreshment.

In addition, anisette water is considered sacred water offered to the goddess that is still in practice in some of the region.

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National Anisette Day - FAQ

1. What does anisette taste like?

Anise has a sweet, slightly spicy, and very aromatic licorice flavor. This flavor is produced by anethole, an estragole-related organic compound that produces aromas in tarragon and basil.

2. Whether the anise and star anise are the same?

Common Anise or Aniseed originates from the family of Apiaceae. Botanically this spice is related to dill, cumin, and fennel. Star Anise is the star-shaped fruit of a tree that belongs to the family of magnolias. It has a liqueur flavor similar to that of Common Anise but the flavor is stronger and more potent.

3. Does anise have side effects?

Anise is probably safe when consumed in the quantities typically found in the food. Some may experience an allergic reaction if they have an allergy to a related plant, such as asparagus, cumin, caraway, fennel, coriander, dill, and celery.

4. Where does anise originate from?

Anise is a flowering plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family, native to the eastern Mediterranean and Southwestern Asia. The flavor and smell of its seeds are similar to other spices like star anise, fennel, and liquorice.

5. What type of liquor is anisette?

Anisette is a liqueur with flavour of anise which is consumed in most Mediterranean countries, especially Italy, Greece,  France, Portugal, Lebanon, Cyprus, Spain, Israel, and Turkey. It is colourless, and is sweeter than dry anise-flavored spirits because it contains sugar.