Ricard Anis
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Ricard Anis

Item # 10584 750mL
$36.99/ Single Bottle
$443.88/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

The principal ingredient of Ricard is star anise, a rare spice that grows near the southern Chinese border and the north of Vietnam. Others include licorice from Syria and aromatic herbs from provence. This refreshing beverage is traditionally served with 5 parts water and 1 part Ricard.

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Staff Pick Notes

I'm a sucker for the classics. Imagining Jean-Pierre Melville films playing at the local cinemateque, old men are playing Petanque nearby, and me, at the Brasserie in Marseilles, waiting for my Bouillabase. But first, a glass of Ricard Anis. The preparation is simple, but the order is important. In a collins glass, pour 1 part Ricard to 4 parts cold water. Watch the color change to a cloudy yellow as all the oils and flavor compounds are released. Known as the louche effect, it is visually striking. Add plenty of ice and give a thorough stir. The flavor profile is immediate and primary, STAR ANISE, while the texture is oily and mouth coating. Not sophisticated and most definitely out of fashion. Maybe that's why I love it.

- EG

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