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Almond-Fennel Cooler

Photo: Tina Rupp
Active time 10 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Makes 1 drink
Like an old-fashioned soda-fountain drink, this mocktail relies on a delicious small-batch syrup. Its creator is Jennifer Colliau, a mixologist at San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant and an artisanal syrup maker who also owns Small Hand Foods, which sells classic ingredients for pre-Prohibition era cocktails. "Growing up in Northern California, I loved the smell of wild fennel that grows along so many roads and waterways," Colliau says. That memory inspired this anise-accented drink, made with a fennel-infused simple syrup. For the orgeat, she advises using one made from almonds, not just extract. "True almond-based syrups add a satisfying richness." Glassware Guide

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce orgeat, almond-flavored syrup
  • 3/4 ounce Fennel Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 6 ounces chilled club soda
  • 1 fennel frond, for garnish, optional

How to Make It

  1. In a collins glass, combine the orgeat, Fennel Syrup and fresh lemon juice and stir well. Add ice, stir in the chilled club soda and garnish with the fennel frond.

Cocktails 2011