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Sparkling Spice

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.

Sparkling Spice Mocktail (1109)

Photography by Annabelle Breakey; styling by Dan Becker
 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
Step 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

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

Step 3

Make ahead: Chill syrup up to 2 weeks.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per mocktail.

Step 5

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

Step 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

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

Step 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

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

Step 10

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

Step 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.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 114Calories from Fat 0.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 13mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g10%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 0.1g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.