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