Pernod Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Pernod Fizz cocktail is a refreshing and delightful drink that has its roots in the early 20th century. It was created to showcase the unique flavors of Pernod, a French anise-flavored liqueur. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy the taste of anise and are looking for a light, effervescent drink to enjoy on a warm day.

  • Initially popular in France, the Pernod Fizz gained popularity worldwide as people fell in love with its unique taste
  • The cocktail is often associated with Parisian cafes and outdoor terraces, evoking a sense of sophistication and leisure
  • It is a favorite among those who appreciate the distinct flavor of anise and the refreshing qualities of a fizzy drink

How Pernod Fizz Tastes?

The Pernod Fizz has a delightful balance of flavors, with the anise notes from the Pernod liqueur shining through. It is slightly sweet, with a hint of citrus from the lemon juice, and the effervescence from the club soda adds a light, refreshing touch. Overall, it is a well-rounded and satisfying cocktail.

Interesting facts about Pernod Fizz

  • Pernod is a brand of anise-flavored liqueur that was created in the 19th century as a replacement for absinthe, which was banned in many countries due to its potentially harmful effects
  • The Pernod Fizz is sometimes referred to as a 'French Fizz' due to its origins and the use of Pernod, a quintessentially French ingredient
  • The cocktail's popularity has led to many variations, including the addition of various fruit juices and flavored syrups to create new and exciting flavor combinations


Pernod (1.5 oz)

Pernod is an anise-flavored spirit, which gives the Pernod Fizz its distinctive licorice taste. Too much, and it can overpower the cocktail; too little, and you'll miss the essence. There's no fizz in 'Pernod Fizz' without it!

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Lemon Juice (0.5 oz)

Tangy and fresh, lemon juice cuts through the sweetness and anise flavor, adding balance. If you skip it, you'll lose the zesty kick. No lemon? Try lime for a twist! It's like choosing between Beatles and Stones—both rock, but differently.

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Simple Syrup (0.5 oz)

To sweeten the deal, simple syrup mellows out the acidity and anise flavor. Too much, and you'll be in sugar town; too little, and the drink might be too tart. It's like your trustworthy friend who knows how to smooth over any situation.

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Club Soda (2 oz)

The bubbly club soda is the 'fizz' in your Pernod Fizz, adding carbonation and lightness. Leave it out, and you'll just have a Pernod 'Flat'. That would be like throwing a party without music—sure, you can, but why?

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Ice (As needed)

Ice chills the drink and adds a diluting factor, crucial for balance. Without ice, it's like wearing a winter coat in summer—not cool, literally and figuratively.

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Lemon Twist (1 for garnish)

The lemon twist is not just a pretty face; it adds a hint of citrus oil and aroma which invites the senses into the drink. Neglect it, and the cocktail loses its welcoming handshake.

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Recipe. How to make Pernod Fizz Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Add 1.5 oz of Pernod, 0.5 oz of lemon juice, and 0.5 oz of simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice
  5. Top with 2 oz of club soda
  6. Gently stir to combine
  7. Garnish with a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cooler for longer
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a brighter, fresher flavor
  • Try using a lemon wheel instead of a twist for a different visual appeal

Perfect Pairings


The aniseed flavor of Pernod pairs wonderfully with seafood. Try the Pernod Fizz with grilled shrimp or oysters for a refreshing combination.


Opt for a light salad with fennel to complement the herbal tones of the cocktail. Arugula salads with citrus dressing would also be a good match.


Milder cheeses like goat cheese or Brie can balance the strong flavors of Pernod without overpowering the drink.


Pair with bruschetta or olives for a delightful pre-dinner nibble that won't clash with the Pernod Fizz's distinct flavor profile.

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What you could change in Pernod Fizz

  • Pernod: Can be substituted with any other anise-flavored liqueur
  • Simple Syrup: Can be replaced with agave nectar or honey for a different sweetness profile
  • Club Soda: Can be replaced with tonic water or sparkling water for a different level of fizziness

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Pernod Spritz

Replace club soda with Prosecco for an Italian twist, adding 3 oz Prosecco instead of 2 oz club soda. Sweet, bubbly, and a bit stronger, this cocktail will transport you to a Venetian sunset.

Herbal Fizz

Add a sprig of fresh thyme or basil to the shaker before shaking. It'll infuse the drink with herbaceous notes, turning the Pernod Fizz into a garden party in a glass.

Berry Fizz

Muddle a few fresh raspberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The berries will add a fruity sweetness and a lovely color, creating a berry-licious version of the classic.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pernod Fizz

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pernod Fizz

What drinkware is best for serving a Pernod Fizz?

Pernod Fizz cocktails are best served in a highball glass to accommodate the ice and soda top-up. But you can use any tall glass you have at hand.

How can I add a personal twist to the Pernod Fizz?

Experimenting with different garnishes can add a personal touch to this cocktail. Try adding mint sprigs or a dash of bitters for an unexpected flavour.

I'm not a fan of anise, is there another cocktail you'd recommend?

If you're not a fan of anise, a classic Mojito or a Tom Collins might be more to your taste. Both are refreshing, citrusy cocktails.

What food pairs well with a Pernod Fizz?

The bright anise and citrus flavors of a Pernod Fizz pair well with Mediterranean foods such as olives, cheeses and seafood.

What cocktails can be prepared with Pernod besides Pernod Fizz?

Pernod can be used in a variety of cocktails like Absinthe Frappé, Death in the Afternoon, or a classic Sazerac.

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