The distinctive flavor of Pernod, owes to the combination of star anise and various herbs and plants. In France, the majority of anise drinks belonging to the "pastis" category.

The "pastis" is more complex flavor; anise combines with licorice and is produced by the method of "soaking" procedure (maceration). In contrast, the Pernod produced by distillation and contains no licorice. This makes it lighter and easier to mix.

The Pernod can enjoy in traditional way, with water or mixing it with juice, cola or some refreshments. Pernod used in cooking, because of its specific taste. It can improve the taste in various recipes such as vegetables, green salad and fruit salad