herbal pastis


Serve this mocktail before meals.

Popular in France, pastis is an apértitif. This version steeps star anise, fennel, coriander, and turmeric in a licorice root tea, which is thought to calm the body’s adrenal glands to reduce stress and anxiety, says Laura Rege, a New York City-based recipe developer. A dash of turmeric gives the drink a pretty orange hue. 

Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour cooling time 


  • 2 bags licorice root tea
  • 5 star anise pods
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup, 2 tablespoons sparkling mineral water
  • 4 lemon wedges


  1. In a large measuring cup or pitcher, add tea bags, star anise, turmeric, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and agave. Pour in boiling water; let steep 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to the refrigerator and cool completely, about 1 hour. Pour into four cups, and top with mineral water. Stir, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve.
Photography by Armando Rafael. Food and prop styling by Ali Nardi.