I made this cocktail for a Christmas party and didn't actually read the recipe thoroughly and ended up using gin instead of vodka! I shook the ingredients together in a shaker with crushed ice and served it in a chilled martini glass with plenty of cracked black pepper on top. The flavor was great . . . the first guest said "This tastes like a liquid Christmas tree!" which I took as a compliment. Another evening I rinsed the glass with Pernod prior to pouring the cocktail. 5 stars!