Pastis is a distilled spirit flavored with herbs, primarily anise. It's a popular apertif in France. The French dilute the spirit with water. The name, "pastis" comes from a word in Langue d'oc, the early language of Provence, that means "hazy."
Here, a jigger of pastis - brand name Ricard - is poured into a glass of cold water - which immediately turns cloudy.
Thanks to my devoted production assistant, I was able to capture the moment.
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