Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Liqueur Cabinet: A Series of Libations featuring Madison Cellars liqueur selections; Part 4

Pernod

the legacy of Absinthe




A Brief History 


• The first generation of Pernod®, an absinthe, was created in 1792 by a French physician who used the formula as a medicinal remedy for his patients.(Ed. note like so many)

• Henri-Louis Pernod acquired the absinthe formula and founded Pernod-Fils, an absinthe manufacturing company, eventually renaming the drink Pernod.

• The original Pernod consisted of 65-75% alcohol and the notorious hallucinogen, absinthe “Arthemisia Absinthium,” which gave Pernod a distinct reputation around the world. 

• After the imposition of a French ban on wormwood due to its hallucinogenic effects in 1915, the absinthe formula was modified, resulting in Pernod as we know it today – a 40% alcohol (80 proof) anise-flavored spirit. Its distinctive flavor is created through a combination of star anise and fennel and 14 aromatic herbs including camomile, coriander and veronica.

• Pernod is now distributed in over 170 countries, ranking among the top selling anise-flavored spirits in the world.


Cooking With Pernod

• Not only has Pernod become an internationally popular aperitif, but it is also commonly used as a zesty cooking ingredient in kitchens throughout the world.

• It is known to enhance vegetables, flavor any dish with a subtle hint of herb, or lend the perfect combination of sweetness and spice to dessert.

• In France, the vast majority of aniseed spirits are in fact “Pastis,” which is a complex, yet subtle aniseed and licorice combination, produced through maceration. Pernod is made through distillation and contains only a hint of licorice, which provides a lighter taste that makes it extremely versatile for cooking.

• Pernod is used by chefs worldwide for its ability to flavor the meal without overpowering its natural taste.

• It is best added at the end of the cooking process to yield the best flavor.


Pernod Product Description:

Pernod is a versatile, anise-flavored spirit that has been used in cocktails and cuisine for more than 200 years.  This premium liqueur is imported from France and its natural flavor is derived from a distilled blend of aromatic herbs - 40% Alc./Vol.

Tasting Notes:
Color:
Brilliant yellow color with radiant clarity.

Nose: The nose reveals waves of anise, fresh garden herbs, carnations, fennel and licorice.

Taste: The exotic bouquet, when tasted neat, is potent and bittersweet. With the addition of water, it turns milky-opaque and has a long, licorice-like finish.
(Source: http://www.foodreference.com/html/a-pernod.html)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Moselle River Valley - wine region of Germany


Mid Summer dreams

The vine-dresser

Vines must be trimmed for production.



Vineyards are great for touring


Poem in Old German with sentiment "it's work to grow the grapes but easy to get the wine in your glass and forget your troubles"
Even steeper vineyards are to be found

Festival in Trier
Glassware in use with deposit .50 euro!