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Almond-Fennel Cooler
© Tina Rupp

Almond-Fennel Cooler

  • ACTIVE: 10 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 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."

cocktails Glassware Guide

  1. 3/4 ounce orgeat (almond-flavored syrup)
  2. 3/4 ounce Fennel Syrup
  3. 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  4. Ice
  5. 6 ounces chilled club soda
  6. 1 fennel frond, for garnish (optional)
  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.