Ricard Pastis de Marseille
Ricard Pastis de Marseille is a popular French aperitif that is made from a blend of natural herbs and spices, including licorice, anise, fennel, and herbs of Provence. It is produced by Pernod Ricard, a French distillery known for its production of alcoholic beverages, and is a variation of the classic anise-flavored spirit, absinthe.
Ricard Pastis de Marseille has a pale yellow color and a strong, sweet aroma of anise and licorice, with a subtle hint of herbs. When diluted with water, the drink becomes cloudy and takes on a milky appearance, which is typical of anise-based liqueurs. On the palate, it has a sweet, aromatic taste with a dominant flavor of anise and a hint of herbs, which is balanced by a mild bitterness.
This aperitif is typically served as a refreshing drink over ice and diluted with water, which allows the flavours to develop and gives the drink a smooth and refreshing taste.
It is a popular drink in France, particularly in the south of the country, where it is often served before a meal as a traditional aperitif.
It can also be used in a variety of cocktails, such as the Tomate, which is made with Ricard, tomato juice, and lemon.