Almond-Fennel Cooler

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."

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  • 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 this recipe

  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.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published April 2011

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