Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Rum Cocktails

Fennel Countdown

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Created by bartender Alexis Osborne of Acorn in Denver, this warming drink evokes campfire chats and cold days when you're snuggled under a blanket with a good book. It's bright and flavorful with a fruity undertone. The fennel—which is good for bones, treating heart disease and possibly fighting cancer—proves mild and slightly minty but helps give the cocktail body and a slight clarifying aftertaste.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Everything You Need to Know About the Drinks That Could Save Your Morning.”



  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.

  2. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with a lemon square studded with a whole clove.

  4. *Fennel syrup: Toast 4 oz fennel seeds. Add the fennel seeds, 8 oz sugar and 8 oz water to a pot, and bring to boil. Simmer for 15 minutes and strain. Makes 16 oz.