In my quest to familiarize myself with as many French apéritifs as possible, I felt compelled to order pastis on this hot summer day. The verdict: delicious!

Pastis is normally diluted with water before drinking. Thus, a pitcher of cool spring water was provided, so I could blend it according to my preference - five parts water to one part pastis recommended. Although consumed throughout France, pastis is generally associated with southeastern regions of the country, particularly the city of Marseille, where it is nicknamed pastaga.

Pastis is probably one of the most popular beverages in France where 130 million liters are sold each year, which is more than 2 liters per person.


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