1 Star anise (as garnish)

Stir 15 seconds, julep strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish with floating star anise.


"A spicy and smoky drink that would work well at a fall or winter get-together"


"This drink was designed for the Marie Brizard 2008 Cocktail Competition just as I was working on new drinks for the fall. I liked the strong Anise flavor I got from Sobieski vodka and highlighted it with the Anisette, which also highlighted the sweetness from the rye in the vodka. To complement it all, I added
just a touch of smoke from Laphroaig and left it at that. The drink is nice and simple with great flavors that are normally challenging in cocktails (anise and smoke)." -- H Joseph Ehrmann

Cocktail summary
Created by
H. Joseph Ehrmann, Elixir, San Francisco, CA
Is an
authentic recipe

http://www.grouprecipes.com/78064/spicy-smoky-anise-martini-cocktail.ht…, correspondence from creator to Kindred Cocktails

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Dan commented on 3/27/2011:

I have sought confirmation for Elixir about the name, ingredients, history, and attribution for this cocktail. This is obviously not a relative of a true Martini and perhaps has a better name.

Dan commented on 3/29/2011:

H. Joseph Ehrmann kindly wrote back with the original recipe, notes, and an aritcle from November 30, 2008 in the New York Times where it was featured. I have updated the recipe's name, history, date, and reference to reflect these source references.

Thanks, Dan, for doing that, and thanks to H. Joseph Ehrmann.