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 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 1/4 oz The Real McCoy 12-year-old rum
  • 1 oz Père-Magloire V.S.O.P. calvados
  • 3/4 oz 291 Distillery The DECC citrus clove liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Fennel syrup*
  • 3/4 oz Apricot puree
  • 1/5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Strongwater Wildfire bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon square
  • Garnish: Clove


  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.