Sparkling Spice

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

Time: 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes to steep. A lively, aromatic, fizzy fluteful that makes a good stand-in for a kir royale. You'll have enough syrup for 8 mocktails.

Yield: Makes 1 mocktail
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 114
  • Calories from fat: 0.8%
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 13mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 star anise, plus 1 for garnish if you like
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon-Lime Juice (see
  • 1/2 cup chilled sparkling apple-cranberry juice

Preparation

  1. 1. In a small saucepan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup water and the star anise over high heat until sugar dissolves. Let steep 30 minutes, then strain.
  2. 2. Pour 1 tbsp. star anise syrup into a Champagne flute. Add Lemon-Lime Juice and sparkling apple-cranberry juice.
  3. Make ahead: Chill syrup up to 2 weeks.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.
  5. Bar Essentials: Have these on hand for mixing great mocktails.
  6. Simple Syrup: Equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves. (Your yield will be the same as the amount of water you use.)
  7. Lemon-Lime Juice: Equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, for adding acidity in a flash.
  8. Fresh Lemons, Limes, and Oranges: To make juice, wedges for squeezing or moistening the rim of a glass, or twists of zest for extra citrus aroma.
  9. Superfine Sugar: Dissolves easily and makes a nice garnish on the rim of a glass.
  10. Fresh Herbs: Basil, mint, and tarragon add complexity, texture, and visual appeal.
  11. Purchased Ice: For a big party, it's hard to make enough ice at home. Besides cooling, ice helps blend flavors in the shaker.
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