Anise Liqueur

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    3¾ cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

  • About

Among the cordials we’ve made, this one is perhaps closest in character to the genuine article—because of its simple flavoring—particularly when compared to the Spanish and Portuguese brands sampled.


  • 3 cups vodka
  • 3 tablespoons anise seeds
  • ¾ cup


  1. In a clean jar with a tight lid, combine the vodka and anise seeds and let stand at room temperature for about 1 to 3 weeks, shaking occasionally. Taste; when the flavor is pleasing, strain the infusion.
  2. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for 2 or 3 minutes, skimming if necessary. Cool.
  3. Combine the anise infusion and