Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Makes 1 mocktail

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Pour 1 tbsp. star anise syrup into a Champagne flute. Add Lemon-Lime Juice and sparkling apple-cranberry juice.

Step 3

Make ahead: Chill syrup up to 2 weeks.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

Step 5

Bar Essentials: Have these on hand for mixing great mocktails.

Step 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.)

Step 7

Lemon-Lime Juice: Equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, for adding acidity in a flash.

Step 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.

Step 9

Superfine Sugar: Dissolves easily and makes a nice garnish on the rim of a glass.

Step 10

Fresh Herbs: Basil, mint, and tarragon add complexity, texture, and visual appeal.

Step 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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