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Old 07-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #6753
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Originally Posted by Pearl Jam View Post

What is this?
You guys are killing me here. Pernod isn't an absinthe's an anise-flavored liqueur called pastis that you dilute with water. Typically one part pastis to five parts cool water, but it's common to just put a jug of water on the table as everyone likes theirs a bit differently.

The liqueur will become cloudy after dilution because it contains terpenes (oils) that are insoluble in water. Generally it's consumed without ice, even though it's a warm-weather refreshment, but if you add it, do so after adding water - otherwise the temperature drop will cause crystallization of anethole, which contributes the anise flavor to pastis.

That's your episode of kitchen chemistry for today.
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