Sparkling Spice Mocktail (1109)
Photography by Annabelle Breakey; styling by Dan Becker
AuthorLucy Brennan,

Time: 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes to steep. A lively, aromatic, fizzy fluteful that makes a good stand-in for a kir royale. You’ll have enough syrup for 8 mocktails.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a small saucepan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup water and the star anise over high heat until sugar dissolves. Let steep 30 minutes, then strain.

Step 2
2

Pour 1 tbsp. star anise syrup into a Champagne flute. Add Lemon-Lime Juice and sparkling apple-cranberry juice.

Step 3
3

Make ahead: Chill syrup up to 2 weeks.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

Step 5
5

Bar Essentials: Have these on hand for mixing great mocktails.

Step 6
6

Simple Syrup: Equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves. (Your yield will be the same as the amount of water you use.)

Step 7
7

Lemon-Lime Juice: Equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, for adding acidity in a flash.

Step 8
8

Fresh Lemons, Limes, and Oranges: To make juice, wedges for squeezing or moistening the rim of a glass, or twists of zest for extra citrus aroma.

Step 9
9

Superfine Sugar: Dissolves easily and makes a nice garnish on the rim of a glass.

Step 10
10

Fresh Herbs: Basil, mint, and tarragon add complexity, texture, and visual appeal.

Step 11
11

Purchased Ice: For a big party, it's hard to make enough ice at home. Besides cooling, ice helps blend flavors in the shaker.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup sugar
 2 1/2 star anise, plus 1 for garnish if you like
 1 tablespoon Lemon-Lime Juice (see notes)
 1/2 cup chilled sparkling apple-cranberry juice

Directions

Step 1
1

In a small saucepan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup water and the star anise over high heat until sugar dissolves. Let steep 30 minutes, then strain.

Step 2
2

Pour 1 tbsp. star anise syrup into a Champagne flute. Add Lemon-Lime Juice and sparkling apple-cranberry juice.

Step 3
3

Make ahead: Chill syrup up to 2 weeks.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

Step 5
5

Bar Essentials: Have these on hand for mixing great mocktails.

Step 6
6

Simple Syrup: Equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves. (Your yield will be the same as the amount of water you use.)

Step 7
7

Lemon-Lime Juice: Equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, for adding acidity in a flash.

Step 8
8

Fresh Lemons, Limes, and Oranges: To make juice, wedges for squeezing or moistening the rim of a glass, or twists of zest for extra citrus aroma.

Step 9
9

Superfine Sugar: Dissolves easily and makes a nice garnish on the rim of a glass.

Step 10
10

Fresh Herbs: Basil, mint, and tarragon add complexity, texture, and visual appeal.

Step 11
11

Purchased Ice: For a big party, it's hard to make enough ice at home. Besides cooling, ice helps blend flavors in the shaker.

Sparkling Spice