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Loved this drink. My husband went out to find the anise and came back with anise extract which I decided to try anyways. I used 1/4 tsp. but will try a bit less next time, I still hope to find the anise seed or powder so that I can see if there is a difference in the flavor or taste. Considering that I don't like black licorice I loved this drink.
Fabulous! The perfect combination of sweet and tart. A nice thick slush with just a hint of anise, one of my favorite flavors. I loved the lemon/anise combo. Different, delicious and very refreshing. I used water in a half recipe which was perfect for one. Thanks, chia, for posting!
Chia, I loved this drink! I was a bit scared because I had bought some ground star anise and didnt want to waste it. So looked up recipes with anise in it and found this. Granted, it is winter here in Florida but I lovedddd how refreshing this drink was! Perfect for summer and I also used water:) Also, for those with powdered anise, I used 1/4 tsp.
I had a drink just like this at a friend's house several months ago, and found it to be one of the most refreshing drinks I've had in a long time. My friend mad it slightly differently, and I adapted this recipe to make a wonderful combination of the two. I made up 3/4 of a pitcher with lemonade (made from real lemons). Left out the vodka altogether, but instead of anise seeds I added about 1/2 cup of arak, which is anise seed liquour. I crushed the mint leaves lightly before adding them to the pitcher, and gave a good stir. This was even better than I remembered. I've got a jar of this stuff sitting in my fridge just waiting for me to come home from a long day at the office.
Talk about refreshing! This is just as thirst quenching as lemonade, but more exciting! I opted to use water in place of the vodka since my dad doesn't drink. I also used fennel seeds in place of the anise because that's what I had on hand. The fennel gave it a deliciously light licorice flavor, as I'm sure the anise would. I'll be making this often during the hot Summer months. Thanks, chia!