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Member Name: Ninski1
Advantages: Well priced, good flavour
Disadvantages: Strong liquorice flavour is not for everyone
In the 1980's when I was growing up my parents had a drinks cabinet that contained many interesting alcoholic drinks and Pernod always fascinated my sister and I. It was partly due to the fact that it was off limits and also that my parents seemed to make fancy cocktails for there friends and family that looked so appealing. Anyway, my first taste of Pernod came in the form of a slightly weaker version of a cocktail called 'The King of Denmark' which is essentially 4 parts Pernod, 3 parts blackcurrant cordial, 8 - 10 parts water, it was interesting to say the least and on my second trying I substituted the water for lemonade.
Pernod is made from star anise, and contains herbs and spices such as coriander, it comes in a green glass bottle, with a white label that looks very chic, it is 40% abv and is clear on pouring. You can purchase 70cl bottles for around £16 in most supermarkets.
On opening a bottle of Pernod you will be greeted with a strong sweet scent of liquorice, so if you do not like liquorice I would avoid at all cost, as no matter what you mix it with you can still taste it. The taste of liquorice is fairly strong and tends to linger and penetrate all it is mixed with. I have tried it over ice but find it too strong for my tastes, I think it is best enjoyed in a cocktail. Other Pernod cocktails I have tried in include have include whisky, fruit cordials or even just water with a dash of mint leaves.
Overall I think Pernod is a versatile drink that I will always return to, it has a very distinctive liquorice flavour, is reasonably priced and is widely available to purchase, I recommend to all who like experimenting with flavours.
Summary: Versatile drink , best in cocktails
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