For those of you who don't like anise, I am going to try some new flavors. I have some new oils to give a whirl in the big mixer and I'll give you some feedback as I try them.
In the meantime I am going to offer up two tried and true flavor substitutions for anise oil. They are lemon and orange , perfect for spring and summer, but classic flavors that transcend season and are universally loved by most people. In my recipe, which calls for 3/4 teaspoon of anise oil, use 3 teaspoons of lemon or orange oil and 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon or orange peel. If you do not wish to use the grated peel, use 4 teaspoons of either oil. Fruit oils are not nearly as strong as the seed oils, so do not be alarmed by the big difference in quantity. I also find that these flavors are good for immediate eating, whereas anise flavor develops in aging.
Try and enjoy!