The National Anisette Day is celebrated every 2nd of July each year. This day celebrates Anisette, sometimes called Anis, which is a colorless alcoholic beverage made from aniseed distilled spirit and sweetener like sugar syrup.
The main ingredient of the anisette is the herb of the aniseed. It is said to have medicinal properties. The beverage is commonly sweet due to the additional of sweeteners but spices like coriander are sometimes added as well.
Cocktails can also be made with anisette. The pure extract of anisette, however, should not be drunk alone because it has a very high alcoholic content and can irritate the throat. That is why it is best to combine the extract with water, bourbon, gin, or coffee. Some people even make anisette cookies.
About the National Anisette Day
During the national Anisette Day, people conduct various activities that let the achieve the objectives or purposes of this day. For one, people make their own anisette liquor or anisette cookies. People also shout out on social media how they are celebrating this special food holiday.
Unfortunately, even with extensive research about this holiday, we are not sure as to how it started or even who founded it. But still, we can make a good guess as to why such a day exists – perhaps a person or a group of people thought that there are so many holidays dedicated for foods and beverages, so why not start a new one for anisettes. And perhaps with that, the National Anisette Day was born.
As mentioned earlier, the National Anisette Day, is celebrated every 2nd day of July each year. This means that the dates of celebration for this event are as follows:
- Thursday, July 2, 2020
- Wednesday, July 2, 2021
- Saturday, July 2, 2022
- Sunday, July 2, 2023
- Tuesday, July 2, 2024
- Wednesday, July 2, 2025
Celebration ideas and Activities
The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the National Anisette Day as best as it can be:
Make Your Own Anisette Liquor
- 1 and a half tablespoons of pure anise extract
- Half cup of honey
- 2 and half cup of vodka
- Pour the honey in 1 cup of vodka. Stir well.
- Add the anise extract to the remaining vodka. Blend well.
- Combine the two mixture in a bottle.
- Seal well then shake to combine.
- Serve to drink.
Make an Anisette Cookie
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of white sugar
- Half cup of milk
- 2 pieces of eggs
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- ¾ cups of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of anise extract
- 1 teaspoon of anise extract
- 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons of hot water
- Preheat your oven to 375F
- Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder, in a large bowl.
- Create a well at the center of the mix and add milk, eggs, oil, and the 1 tablespoon of anise extract. Stir well until the dough becomes sticky.
- Oil your fingers and pinch off a portion of dough
- Place it on a lightly greased cookie sheet
- Make more balls of dough and place them all in the sheet, one inch apart
- Bake for 8 minutes
- While waiting, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon of anise extract, confectioner’s sugar, and hot water. This will be your cookies’ icing.
- Once baking is done, cool the cookies for 10 minutes.
- Glaze the cookies with the icing you made.
- Serve and enjoy this delicious treat.
Celebrate on Social Media
Don’t forget to inform your friends and followers that you are celebrating this event. Share the hashtag #NationalAnisetteDay on your social media accounts so that they will know about such celebration and encourage them to take part in it as well.
- Anisette is a popular alcoholic beverage in Mediterranean countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Turkey.
- The best anisette liquor is made through long fermentation.
- Anisette liquor is commonly served during the Easter and Christmas celebrations.
- Anisette liquor is not drunk as it is. It is usually combined with water, which transforms its color into milky white.
- Italians call this drink palomita and is considered as a refreshment drink.
- Aniseed, the main ingredient used to make anisette liquor, has medicinal properties. It can cure treat epilepsy, rheumatism, sepsis, hysteric episodes, congestion, and digestion issues.
Over consumption of aniseed could lead to respiratory problems.