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.

Lucy Brennan
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Recipe Summary

Makes 1 mocktail


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

  • Make ahead: Chill syrup up to 2 weeks.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

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

  • 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.)

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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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Nutrition Facts

114 calories; calories from fat 0.8%; protein 0.1g; fat 0.1g; carbohydrates 30g; fiber 0.1g; sodium 13mg.