Time for Pastis
This souvenir from France creates images of a village, perhaps in the South, a picturesque cobbled street, the locales gathering around sow tables scattered on the sidewalk. Old Bernard and friendly Jean are the first to arrive, then Luc and Marc, and smily Alain sit at the table. A hand rises and the courteous waiter comes out of a small lunch place, with a tray and a tay a bottle. Them smile and refrain from making remarks. The bottle is now on the table surrounded by five small glasses, and a jar of cold water. Nobody says a things, but if you haven't realized by now, it is time for Pastis. As the glasses are filled and the men have taken a bit of the refreshing beverage, they start to chat and laugh, it is time to socialize and enjoy.
Facts You Need to Know
If visiting La Provence, you can't miss Pastis. It is made from anise which can be found in other Mediterranean drinks including Mastika, Arak and Sambuca. t is very popular in the French countryside and not only in the Provence. Statistics show that French people consume more than 130 million liters per year.
Villagers like to drink Pastis as an aperitif but also as a beverage. it is the French way of dealing with the hot days. Pastis tastes delicious when taken with ice. Most people prefer to add water to Pastis. It is usual to see jars of water on the tables and it's up to the consumer the amount of water he wants to add. In the bigger cities, Pastis is included in some well-known cocktails. If visiting France and curious about Pastis, ask the barman to shake a Cornichon, a Rourou, a Mauresque or a Mazout. This is a great travel souvenir, along with a bottle of Pastis, to take back home.