Anise Extract Two Ways
Makes TWO 125 ml/quarter-pint jars or ONE 250ml/half-pint jar
- 200 ml Vodka [I used Absolut. You can also use bourbon! And, if you're interested in making a true "bitter" feel free to source high-proof vodka or whisky.]
- 1-2 tbsp Anise Seeds [1 tbsp per 100 ml Vodka]
- 4-8 Star Anise [3-4 per 100 ml Vodka]
Place the 1 tbsp of Anise Seeds or 3-4 Star Anise in the bottom of a clean container with a good seal. [I used 1/4-pint canning jars.] [If you are doubling up and using a single flavour profile, use 2 tbs Anise Seeds or 6-8 Star Anise in a single 1/2-pint container.] Feel free to crush the Anise Seeds a bit with the back of the measuring spoon. [No abrasion is required with the Star Anise.]
Pour 100ml of vodka over top of each jar.
Seal and allow to sit in a cool dark place for at least 2 weeks before using. 1-3 Months is preferred.
The liquid in the jars will darken over time.
At the end of several months, the herbs may be removed if desired. This is not necessary. Nor does it look as pretty.
Extracts last for at least one year at room temperature if well-sealed after each use.
©Roseanne Carrara, Smelling Salts Journal