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6 Pernod Substitutes for Your Cocktails

We’ve all been there, staring at a cocktail recipe that asks for Pernod, and we’re left scratching our heads. What is Pernod anyway, and why is it in our drink?

If you’ve ever found yourself in this position, you’re not alone. Pernod is this fancy anise-flavored liqueur, but not everyone has it sitting around. We don’t want you to skip a good cocktail just because you’re out of Pernod.

Our list will show you some awesome alternatives. Grab a spot at the bar, and let’s mix things up with what you’ve got.

6 Easy Substitutes for Pernod

For those who are unfamiliar, Pernod is a French anise-flavored liqueur that is often used to add a unique twist to cocktails like the classic Absinthe. But if you don’t have it on hand or don’t want to spend extra money for just one ingredient, here are some substitutes you can try:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dish
AbsintheBitter, herbalThick, syrupy1:1Cocktails, desserts
Anise LiqueurSweet, licoriceThin, syrupy1:1Cocktails, desserts
OuzoStrong, aniseThick, syrupy1:1Cocktails, desserts
PastisSweet, aniseThin, syrupy1:1Cocktails, desserts
SambucaSweet, aniseThick, syrupy1:1Cocktails, desserts
Green ChartreuseSweet, herbalThick, syrupy1:1Cocktails, desserts

1 – Absinthe

First, let’s talk about Absinthe, a cool cousin to Pernod. Absinthe has a powerful anise flavor with a hint of bitterness. It’s got a mystique to it, thanks to its history and unique preparation.

If you’re subbing Absinthe for Pernod, use it in a 1:1 ratio. We’ve tried it, and it’s fantastic in cocktails like Sazerac and Corpse Reviver. Absinthe can be stronger, so start with small amounts and adjust to taste.

Want more about alternatives? Check this detailed guide on Absinthe substitutes.

2 – Anise Liqueur

In case you’re unfamiliar with anise liqueur, it’s a clear liquor with a strong licorice flavor. It’s not as bitter as Absinthe, and it works well in cocktails that call for Pernod.

Anise liqueur is usually sweeter than Pernod, so start with less and adjust to taste. If your recipe calls for more than a teaspoon of Pernod, add just 1/2 tsp of anise liqueur instead. Some popular brands include Ricard and Anisette.

3 – Ouzo

The cool drink swap? Ouzo. It’s got a strong licorice kick, smoother than Absinthe. Just use it in equal parts for Pernod. We tried it in a Sazerac last week—total win. Ouzo shines in cocktails. It’s a Greek fave for a reason.

Ouzo is sweeter. Use it in a 1:1 ratio, but sip slow and adjust. Too strong? Cut it back. A bit goes a long way. Great in any anise-flavored drink. If you love Ouzo, you’ll dig these Ouzo substitutes.

Super easy. No fuss. Just tasty results. That’s Ouzo in your drink arsenal.

4 – Pastis

In case you haven’t tried Pastis, you’re missing out. Pastis is another anise-flavored drink, slightly sweeter than Pernod. Think of it as Pernod’s mellow cousin. It’s French and gives that nice licorice touch to your cocktails without being too overpowering.

Use it in a 1:1 ratio for Pernod. We’ve found it smooth and easy on the palate. Tried it in a Sazerac? Trust us, it’s splendid. If you’re wanting to know more about Pastis alternatives, check out this detailed Pastis substitute guide.

5 – Sambuca

In terms of swapping in Sambuca, we’re in for a treat. This Italian anise-flavored liqueur, known for its sweet, licorice taste, pairs beautifully in cocktails calling for Pernod.

For the perfect mix, use Sambuca in a 1:1 ratio. It’s sweeter than Pernod, so start with less and taste as you go. We find it wonderfully smooth. It’s a must-try in cocktails like Sazerac.

Got you curious? Check more on Sambuca substitutes hereSambuca Substitutes.

No fuss. Simple swap. Great results.

6 – Green Chartreuse

Last but certainly not least on our list is Green Chartreuse. This bright green liqueur adds an herbal twist to our favorite drinks. Some say it’s a secret mix of 130 plants. Wild, right?

Green Chartreuse is a bit stronger than Pernod. Use it in a 1:1 ratio for that bold anise flavor. It’s got this spicy, slightly sweet kick. We love it in our cocktails, especially when we want to change things up a bit.

Need more info? Check out these Green Chartreuse alternatives. It’s a great read if you’re as into mixology as we are.