33722Re: Sambuca Recipe Using Star Anise and not Anise Seed
- Jan 1, 2006--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@h...> wrote:
>All the European ones perhaps, but the Columbians in South America
> All the aniseed based distillates originated in the Mediterranean
> Basin and used local aniseed.
have had one since the mid 1600's. Possibly one of the oldest White
Rums, Aguardiente is made from sugar cane molasses and aniseed.
Perhaps the anise idea was added through contact with Spanish
colonists, it's not known for certain. But the natives of the area
certainly had distilled liquor before colonization. Archeologists
have unearthed crude bottles in digs from well before the time of the
Conquistadors. Much of South America's early history is still a
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