Fennel Apple Spritzer

img_9314Coming up with this recipe was the answer to two questions that started off the day; What kind of non-alcoholic drink can I offer for a lunch I am hosting and what should I do with the bunch of fennel fronds left from the fennel and orange salad I just made. (See Creamy Cannellini Beans with Fennel on how to cut fennel).

I always set out bottles of Pelligrino but, something festive and fitting for the season was in order. So, I turned to my limonata recipe for inspiration and since apples are definitely a fall fruit, I began to experiment. The result is a lovely, light beverage that is as crisp and refreshing as the autumn air.

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. In a small sauce pan, prepare a simple syrup by combining the fennel fronds, sugar and water. Simmer about 5 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool (do not remove the fronds). Once completely cool, pour through a strainer and discard the fronds. Simple syrup can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several days.
  2. To prepare the spritzer, mix the apple juice with the simple syrup and when ready to serve, add the sparkling water, stir well.
  3. To serve, fill 2-3 glasses and then add an apple slice and fennel frond to each.

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