Spiced Orange Aperitif

orange cocktail
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 drink

An aromatic DIY syrup made with orange zest, fennel seeds, and star anise lends this pre-dinner drink its complex flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon Fennel-Orange Syrup

  • 2 ounces vodka, chilled

  • 3 ounces fresh orange juice, plus orange slice for serving

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice


  1. Combine syrup, vodka, and orange and lemon juices. Pour over crushed ice, and serve with an orange slice.

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