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Pernod alternative with no chemical coloring?

murphlaw152 Sep 9, 2012 11:55 AM

I use Pernod quite often in cooking, but I have to say that I really hate the fact that they use Yellow No. 5 to turn it that neon yellow color. I just don't understand the point, really. I have an expensive bottle of Absinthe in my home bar, but I'd never use that as a Pernod substitute.

I'd love to avoid spending a bunch of money on different bottles, trying to figure out what the best substitute would be. Would be great if someone had a recommendation based on experience.

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    Joebob RE: murphlaw152 Sep 9, 2012 06:08 PM


    1. biggreenmatt RE: murphlaw152 Sep 10, 2012 06:45 AM

      Or Rickard's Pastis- same company, no neon colour.

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        travelerjjm RE: murphlaw152 Sep 10, 2012 10:44 AM

        You can often find Spanish or Mexican or US-made Anise liqueurs that will suffice. Many recipes would be best with Anis Dulce or sweet anise liqueur. I have not tried any generic brands.

        Indeed, Ricard and Pernod merged to form Pernod-Ricard and still sell their formerly-competing products. There are other makers of pastis, too, BTW.

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          Sam D. RE: murphlaw152 Sep 10, 2012 10:56 AM

          I use a clear Ouzo that is produced in Jordan. It costs $10 for a 750 ml bottle at the Super King Market.

          1. sunshine842 RE: murphlaw152 Sep 10, 2012 12:37 PM

            I keep Ricard on the shelf. Nice and refreshing on a hot day - no colorants.

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              murphlaw152 RE: sunshine842 Sep 11, 2012 11:58 AM

              I don't why, but I always think of Pernod and Ricard as the same thing. I'll give that a try. Thanks for your suggestions

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