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Pernod - A Drink For Anytime, Any Place Anywhere.
Member Name: Karonher
Advantages: Great when made into a long drink.
Disadvantages: None for me but some do not like the smell
Pernod may not be a drink associated with football supporters, but it is the one I always drink when I go to the match. While others manage to down up to 8 pints on match days - that is a couple before hand and then the rest after a good result, I tend to stick to Pernod. The main reason is that it is the one drink I can drink all night and not get drunk. By that I don't mean it has not affect whatsoever and I certainly would not drive after more than one, but I can stay out a lot longer than I would be able to drinking anything else.
I am not sure how I first got round to drinking Pernod - the main idea I have dates back to the 1980s when we used to go to the Beer Festival in Hamburg. We had a drinking game which entailed playing Chase the Ace and the loser had to get a round of the most obscure or foul tasting drink the bar supplied. Someone chose Pernod for theirs and I was hooked.
I know that there are a number of different variations of aniseed drinks, but Pernod is certainly my favourite. It is manufactured in Paris and one of my favourite memories is sitting outside a bar on a warm night drinking Pernod and lemonade. One of my least favourite memories is the look the barman gave me when I asked for lemonade in it.
The drink itself comes out of the bottle totally clear and has a very strong aniseed smell. As soon as water or lemonade is added it becomes cloudy. It colder it is the better it tastes and I can't imagine an occasion when it would not be an ideal drink. I have had variations of it when I have been abroad but nothing matches up to the original.
Pernod has been around for almost 100 years - it was created when Absinthe was banned and the company needed to make something to keep going - and is not normally drunk the way I prefer it which is with lemonade. Often it is drunk straight and sometimes just with a bit of very cold water but no ice. People have made mistakes and bought me Pernod and black or Pernod and orange and I can't fully describe how awful they both taste.
Although I love the drink at first I didn't know exactly what else is in it apart from Star Anise and was surprised to find out that as well as the Eastern influence there is mint in it - I have certainly never been able to taste that. There is a taste of liquorice, fennel and various herbs and while I have heard there are also carnations in it I have not been able to find that out for sure. With fennel and herbs, I feel as if I should be able to count this as one of my 5 a day.
It is 40% Alc./Vol, but as I drink it with a lot of ice and lemonade I make each shot into a half pint drink so this could by why I can drink as much as I can. It can cost around £16 to £17 but I find lasts a long time so well worth the cost.
From my point of view this is the ideal drink for any occassion. It is just as enjoyable after the match, in any restaurant and especially when in front of the TV
Summary: An ideal drink for any occassion.
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