Fennel seeds are a versatile and flavorful ingredient used in the production of a wide range of alcoholic beverages, including gin, absinthe, and pastis. These small, greenish-brown seeds are native to the Mediterranean region and have a sweet and licorice-like flavor with hints of anise and mint.
In gin, for example, fennel seeds are used to add a sweet and herbal note to the flavor profile, balancing out the piney and citrusy flavors of the juniper. they pair well with citrus and coriander.
In absinthe and pastis, fennel seeds are used to provide the characteristic licorice flavor that is so distinctive of these anise-flavored spirits.