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A taste of Provence
Member Name: anwar7
Advantages: taste,reminds me of France!
Disadvantages: not for you if you don't like liquorish
I first discovered Pernod whilst on holiday in the south of France. We had been invited to lunch at the home of French friends and were offered an aperitif. The drinks on offer included one I had not tried before,Pernod. I knew that this was a very popular drink in France and had often seen people drinking it in the many bars and cafes,so decided it was time to try it for myself!
Pernod is made in France by the Ricard company. It was created by Henri Louis Pernod in 1805. It is made using a secret recipe that includes star anise , herbs and plants. The result is an alcoholic drink with a strong aniseed taste. I discovered that although Pernod is transparent and golden in colour when it is poured into a glass,once water is added it turns into a milky,cloudy liquid. If you travel to France you will see people drink Pernod with a jug of cool water on the table.
Pernod comes in a green glass bottle with screw cap lid. It has an alcohol content of 40% . As I have already said it is usually drunk with water and ice. I love the taste of aniseed so this is now a firm favourite summer drink for me. I find that I can keep adding water to my glass as I drink,making this a very long summer drink. However Pernod can be used to make various other cocktails such as one known as * dirty water*. For this you will need equal parts of Pernod and the coffee liqueur;tia maria plus lots of ice. This is a very strong drink and not one I really fancy! However I do like drinking Pernod with blackcurrant cordial and water. This makes quite a sweet drink and one that I think is perfect to sip during the early evening in France! Pernod can also be drunk with mint syrup;something that is widely available in French supermarkets.
Pernod is available in the UK and I recently bought a bottle in Waitrose for £19.70. It is not a cheap drink but a little goes a long way! Pernod reminds me of France and happy holidays in the southern French sun!
Summary: alcoholic drink from France
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