March 5th is National Absinthe Day!

'THE GREEN FAIRY'

Absinthe originated in Switzerland in the 18th century and rose to popularity in early 20th century France. Although frequently mistaken for a liqueur, is a highly alcoholic, distilled, anise-flavored spirit. Its name comes from the plant “Artemisia absinthium” (commonly referred to as “wormwood” or “grand(e) wormwood”) from which absinthe derives much of its flavor. Traditionally, the spirit is green from the inclusion of green anise, and this is where the nickname, “la fée verte” or “The Green Fairy” comes from.

NAT'L ABSINTHE DAY II

July 2nd is National Anisette Day!

July 2nd is #NationalAnisetteDay! Anisette is an anise-flavored liqueur that is made by distilling aniseed and sometimes adding a sugar syrup.  Anisette is popular in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.

Pure Anisette should not be drunk straight as its alcoholic content is high enough to cause irritation to the throat. However, mixing it in with coffee, gin, bourbon or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor.

Thanks to National Day Calendar for the info!

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