After reading my book, a friend mentioned he had never heard of pastis. Ah, pastis! A quintessential French drink. Almost, dare I say, the national drink of France? (Well, southern France, that is). Pastis is a liqueur, flavored with aniseed, poured over a couple of ice cubes, and mixed with a small amount of water. Ricard, Pernod and Pastis 51 brands, owned by Pernod Ricard, are the standards, and at this point, monopolize the production, but I have found so many different variations and producers in my searches across the city of Paris. I buy different brands of pastis, and find quite a few different brands at the Monoprix, where pastis is plentiful, and in large sized bottles. Next on my trip docket is a trip to Marseille to buy pastis in the city of production, the city from which it originates.
Limoncello, on the other hand, is a lemon liqueur that exudes sun and southern Italy, where it is primarily produced. It is best enjoyed chilled, as a digestif; the crema di limoncello is as smooth as silk. My friend Karen recently shared her recipe with me for making limoncello, which I am going to try out, and post, if I can successfully create the taste I have come to love. As I drink limoncello whenever I am in Italy, I am hoping my homemade limoncello isn’t defeated by location, location, location. If it works, I have found the perfect Christmas gifts to give to friends!