Cranberry Fennel Refresher

Published On May 23, 2013 | By Peter Georgakopoulos | Cocktails, Vodka

When I was first asked to come up with a cocktail using fennel, I was stumped. I was skeptical even. However, not one to back away from a food challenge, I really had to think about this one. And then I remembered that there are many parts to this very exciting vegetable.

From the fronds right down to the bulb, fennel is quite versatile. But I went one step further and decided to use fennel seeds to make a sweet and slightly smoky fennel syrup. The fennel seeds were ground very lightly in a mortar and pestle and then cooked in a simple sugar syrup. It’s during this infusion that all of the magic takes place. Depending on how long you infuse the fennel seeds, the syrup begins to take on that wonderful, potent, aniseed aroma.

The cocktail itself is a simple vodka and cranberry mix. The tartness of the cranberry juice complements the sweet, aromatic fennel syrup, and I’ve added a little bit of freshly squeezed lime juice for freshness and balance. Garnish with some fennel stalks and fronds, and you have a unique and refreshing drink to serve at your next cocktail party.

Who says you can’t drink your vegetables?

Cranberry Fennel Refresher from Peter for The Boys Club

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About The Author

Peter Georgakopoulos
is our resident Australian, and with a knack for creating delicious meals, we often put him on food duty. Peter is the blogger at Souvlaki For The Soul. Follow Peter on twitter @souvlakiman.

4 Responses to Cranberry Fennel Refresher

  1. Brandon Matzek says:

    Beautiful! A few years ago, I made a fennel infused vodka (with the root and fronts). It was great with some lime, simple syrup and soda, but I was having a difficult time finding other ways to use it! I finally decided to go the sweet route and mixed it with some milk, simple syrup and just a touch of lemon. It tasted like an Italian anise cookie :)

  2. This sounds so refreshing Peter. What a great combination! Shame it’s so cold in Melbourne at the moment. This is something I’d love to be sipping on whilst lazing under the warm Aegean sun on a Greek island :)

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