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Film Experiments: A Roll in Aniseed-Flavored Liquor

In this article, I'll show you the effects of soaking film in aniseed (or anise)-flavored liquor. Keep reading this brief tipster to find out how I did it!

Today I propose a film soup recipe perfect for taking those summer photos, or even underwater. This experiment is very simple. You need very few things but I assure you that the effect you’ll get is very interesting.

Here’s what we’ll need for this film soup:

  • a glass or a plastic cup
  • aniseed-flavored liquor
  • a roll of film. In my case, I opted for a Kodak Gold 100

These are the steps:

1) Take the glass or plastic cup and fill it with the anise-flavored liquor.

2) Immerse the roll in the liquid and let it rest for two days.

3) After two days, take out the roll to dry. As always, you can choose from two ways to do this:

  • The easiest way, but also the longest, is to leave the roll to dry on its own. On average it takes a couple of weeks.
  • Alternatively, for a faster drying, remove the film from the roll. In this case, the whole process should be carried out in complete darkness or run the risk of burning the film with light. Once you’re finished drying the film, rewind it and leave a little piece of leader out.

Regardless of the method of drying, the results would not change. The film is now ready for use! Just load in into your camera, start shooting, and wait for the results.

Here are some examples shot with the Pentax MX:

As you can see, the effect is very special. In almost all the photos, there are dominant colors ranging from red/purple to yellow/green.

In case you missed them, here are my other alcoholic drink-based film soups:

Experiment N° 5 A roll in beer (in Italian)
Experiment Nº6 A roll in the grappa (in Italian)
Side Effects: Cocktail Red Passion (in Italian and English)

written by simonesavo and translated by simonesavo


  1. neonlights


    simonesavo, I've tried with a mixture of grappa, anisete and a drop of tequila... we'll see the results in a month...

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  2. lfought

    @simonesavo Do you prefer this to the Red Passion Cocktail method?

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  3. simonesavo


    @lfought I prefer the Red Passion Cocktail method :)

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  4. simonesavo


    @neonlights Good, remember to share the results :)

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  5. lfought

    Thanks, @simonesavo!

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  6. neonlights


    The pictures will be very very drunk!

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  7. lfought

    hahahaha! @neonlights!

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  8. lfought

    what other liquors have your tried @simonesavo? I would be very interested to see how they are all differently affected! Very interested!!

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  9. neonlights


    hey, I'm with peppermint liquor now! it may be mesmerizing!

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  10. huck


    So when you're unspooling the film in darkness to dry it do you mean letting it hang to dry or paying it dry with paper towel or some such?

    Gorgeous pics by the way.

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