Pastis, a Perfect Aperitif for the Lazy Days of Summer

It’s no more than a blend of water and spirit, but for a relaxed afternoon, it can’t be beat.

When water blends with the oils in the pastis, the liquid turns milky, a process called the louche.Credit…Video by Lanna Apisukh

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By Eric Asimov

Pastis is the name of both an anise-flavored spirit and an easy, satisfying drink that requires no more than adding cold water to that liqueur. For me, it’s an ideal summer aperitif. It’s refreshing, transporting, and it comes with a show.

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