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'green' anise and star anise

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  • waljaco
    Sambuca is an Italian anise based liqueur. The name is a corruption of an Arab anise syrup (zammut) from Sicily. For details about anise, and the use of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2003
      Sambuca is an Italian anise based liqueur. The name is a corruption
      of an Arab anise syrup (zammut) from Sicily.
      For details about anise, and the use of aniseed and star anise,
      Molinari a well known producer of Sambuca has 2 articles -
      http://www.molinari.it/eng/sto_sam3.html
      http://www.molinari.it/eng/sto_sam4.html

      'The Household Cyclopedia of General Information' (1881)
      recommendation for an 'Aniseed Cordial' (e.g. Sambuca) is to macerate
      20g crushed aniseed in 1 litre of 50%abv and then to redistill.
      The book is on two sites -
      http://www.mspong.org/cyclopedia/distillation.html
      or
      http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html

      Anisette is a French anise based liqueur with other herbs and spices
      (as does Ouzo) to give more complexity

      A now defunct French site (www.lodace.com) there is a recipe for
      Anisette which scaled down to 1 litre of 50%abv uses the following -

      Anisette

      1 l alcohol 50%bv
      37.5 g aniseed
      0.5 g star anise
      10 g fennel seed
      10 g coriander
      The other following ingredients are I think optional -
      10 g sassafras
      8 g tea leaves
      0.6 g ambrette seeds (Hibiscus abelmoschus)

      Macerate and redistill. Add sugar (start with 1 cup/litre).
      This recipe corresponds to the Anisette recipe which relies on just
      steeping at -
      http://www.recipesource.com/side-dishes/beverages/alcohol/03
      /rec0389.html

      Wal
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