Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: Under 5 mins, plus
steeping time | Active Time: Under 5 mins | Makes: 3 1/3 cups
If black licorice were to turn into liqueur, it’d be akin to
the flavor of this delicate yet stiff digestif.
What to buy: We chose Everclear 151 grain alcohol to use in our digestifs; it picks up the flavoring elements much faster
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Digestifs
project, as well as our DIY Holiday Gifts Advent Calendar.
- 1/4 cup fennel fronds
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 2 cups grain alcohol, such as
- 1 1/2 cups Rich Simple Syrup
- Combine fronds and seeds in a
1-quart glass jar with a tightfitting lid, add
alcohol, cover, and let steep, undisturbed, at room temperature, for 6
- After 6 days, remove fronds
and seeds, and add rich simple syrup. Stir to combine. Store in the
Rich Simple Syrup Recipe:
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 5 mins, plus cooling
time | Active Time: 5 mins | Makes: 2 cups
Rich simple syrup is also known as rock candy syrup. Use
this bar staple in our Basic Iced
Tea or, if you want something spiked, in the Irish Fix.
Game plan: Feel free to substitute turbinado
sugar for white in this recipe.
This syrup can be made weeks in advance and stored in a very clean container
in the refrigerator.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Place sugar and water in a
small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over
- Reduce heat and simmer until
sugar is completely dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened, about 3
minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Transfer syrup to a container
with a tightfitting lid, cover, and refrigerate
until ready to use.