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In Honor Of National Vegetarian Month

Fennel GimletIn honor of National Vegetarian Month (October) I thought it would be fun to incorporate a vegetable into a cocktail.  This isn’t a novel idea, but it is something you can be very creative with.  Recently I have been turned onto various flavored simple syrups.  Instead of the simple syrup just adding sweetness to a cocktail, it can add a huge punch of flavor.  My favorite experimental syrup so far is fennel simple syrup.  Fennel has this wonderful flavor reminiscent of licorice and works perfectly with citrus. However, if fennel is not your thing, this website is a great resource for all sorts of flavored syrups, with instructions on how to make them. I decided lime would be a great citrus to mix with fennel, however orange, grapefruit or lemon would work just as well.

Fennel Gimlet

Fennel Gimlet 2



  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a star anise seed pod

*To make fennel simple syrup: Bring ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup water and 1 tablespoon fennel seeds to a simmer in a very small saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and let the fennel steep for 30 minutes. Strain out fennel seeds and allow syrup to cool before use.


-Christina Shapalis, Marketing & Retail Assistant

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