Fennel and Apple Cocktail

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1

In this bright, fresh drink, a fennel-infused simple syrup adds a savory note to an autumnal combination of gin and apple juice. A few dashes of bitters keep it from being too sweet.

Ingredients:

For the fennel syrup:

  • 1 Tbs. fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) sugar

  • 1 1/2 oz. (45 ml) gin
  • 3/4 oz. (20 ml) apple juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • A splash of club soda
  • 2 thin apple slices for garnish
  • 1 fennel frond for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Using a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, coarsely grind the fennel seeds.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the fennel seeds, water and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand until the mixture reaches room temperature. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Discard the fennel seeds and transfer the syrup to a glass jar. It can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a month.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, apple juice and 1/2 oz. (15 ml) of the fennel syrup. Cover, shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled tumbler. Add the bitters and club soda. Garnish with the apple slices and fennel frond and serve immediately. Makes 1 drink.

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