Archive of ‘Pastis’ category

Love Bite, vodka cocktail

David Alan writes a cocktail column for the Texas Monthly and is the author of “Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State.” His book contains some refreshingly novel takes on cocktails, particularly this liquid celebration for Valentine’s Day. If you are a chocolate lover, look elsewhere. Love Bite 1 1/2 ounces vodka […]


Phoebe Snow, brandy cocktail

Phoebe Snow was an an early 1900s white-clad fictional character used to show how clean it was to travel on trains powered by anthracite coal. And then there is Phoebe Snow, the singer, song-writer and guitarist with crackling bluesy voice who died in 2011. Phoebe Snow 1 1/2 ounces brandy 1 1/2 ounces Dubonnet Rouge […]


Pastis, aperitif cocktail

Pastis was created as a replacement for the once-illegal absinthe, also a spirit strongly flavored with anise. The pastis of France belongs to an extended family of anise-flavored drinks popular around the Mediterranean, including sambuca, ouzo, arak, rakı, and mastika. The word pastis, from the Occitan spoken in southern France, means “mash-up.” While pastis is […]


Picadura, tequila cocktail

Picadura de abeja is Spanish for bee sting. The combination of anise and mint shaken with the tequila makes this a pleasant, layered drink. The sting comes later. Bzzzzzzzz! Picadura 1 1/2 ounces tequila 1 teaspoon Pastis 1 teaspoon white creme de menthe Combine the ingredients in mixing glass with several ice cubes. Stir evenly […]


1040, deductable cocktail

This is not a cocktail created by the IRS — though there are citizens who would rather the government’s tax collectors spend their time drinking instead of auditing. It is, instead, a drink dedicated to all who have wandered through tax code hell in pursuit of finishing their return forms accurately and on time. 1040 […]


South of France, pastis cocktail

Pastis, loaded with licorice flavor, drives this cocktail designed for brunches and summer sipping. You can adjust the the amounts of pastis or soda water, depending on personal taste, but use fresh orange juice. South of France 1 ounce pastis 4 ounces fresh orange juice 1 ounce soda water Pour all the ingredients into an […]


Title 9, equal opportunity cocktail

Title IX: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Or excluded from enjoying this drink in tribute to women athletes across the country. Title 9 […]


Perroquet, mint and anise cocktail

This is a 2-ingredient drink best served late in the afternoon, in the summer, at an outdoor cafe table. In Paris, of course. Pastis is often served with a drop or two of flavored syrups or liqueur. Perroquet 1 1/2 ounces pastis 2 dashes peppermint syrup Pour the ingredients over 3 or 4 ice cubes […]


Le Rouge, a bloody cocktail for 2

Tis the season … No, not of pine tress and tinsel, but of blood oranges, the variety of orange with purplish flesh and tasting a little sweeter than navel oranges. Blood orange season runs from December through March. Here’s one way use them paired with lighter Canadian whiskey and with Aperol, an Italian bitter similar […]


Bunny Hug, a high octane cocktail

We open the weekend with this dry, vintage high-alcohol concoction, a throw back to Prohibition Days. Originally made daring by a dose of absinthe (which had been banned), it’s been tamed here a bit by shrinking the portions, though the ratio of ingredients remains the same. While absinthe is again readily available, this recipe calls […]


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