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Definition of pastis

: a French liqueur flavored with aniseed

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French DJs perform, attendees participate in theme-appropriate activities such as Pétanque (French boules), and the bar dishes out pastis, wine, crêpes, and saucissons. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, "9 Bastille Day bashes that celebrate French culture," 12 July 2019 Le Grenier brings a French touch to H Street NE, with half-price rosé all day and a special happy hour with free Kronenbourg beer and $2 pastis from 5 to 7 p.m. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 11 July 2019 Outdoor bistro with wine, beer and pastis, vintage car show, a fashion show, children’s playground, French Quarter tours, music and a waiters race and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "9 SF Bay Area Bastille Day events," 2 July 2019 Taking over the terrace of a local café, pastis and boules were both rolled out until the early hours, with competitive spirits high. Vogue, "Stylist Lolita Jacobs’s Effortlessly Chic Wedding in the South of France," 26 July 2018 But opinion amid the pastis and theboules is solidly against the reduction. The Economist, "France’s contentious speed-limit reduction is a model for others," 2 June 2018 The licorice flavor of the French pastis permeates the sauce along with garlic, leeks and herbs. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Girl & the Fig, one of the best places to dine in Sonoma," 15 Mar. 2018 The only things on the menu are raw oysters and shrimp flambéed with whiskey, pastis, or garlic and parsley—and fries. Cnt Editors, CNT, "Where to Eat in France Right Now," 19 Sep. 2017 Available on the Grant’s new lobby cocktail cart, the specialty drink is made with scotch, sweet vermouth, cynar (a bitter liqueur), essence of oak barrel and pastis (anise-flavoured spirit and apéritif from France). Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego restaurants say olé to National Tequila Day, Comic-Con 2017," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of pastis

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pastis

French, from French dialect (Marseilles), literally, jumble, kind of pastry, from Occitan, from Old Occitan pastitz cake, from Vulgar Latin *pasticium

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