Saturday Sips: Fennel Apple Spritzer
Type: Beverage
For the Fennel Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
For the Homemade Apple Juice:
  • 12 Apples, washed and cored
  • ½ cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
For the Fennel Apple Spritzer:
  • 2 oz. fresh apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1¼ cup sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons Fennel Syrup, or to taste
  • Fennel Fronds or Apple Slices to Garnish
  • Ice Cubes
To make the Fennel Simple Syrup:
  1. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the fennel seeds and stir. Allow mixture to come to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue simmering for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
To make the Apple Juice from Fresh Apples:
  1. Place apples in a large saucepan and add enough water to just barely cover. Place over medium-high heat until water starts to boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the apples have softened. Mash apples with a potato masher. Remove from heat and let cool until mashed apples are cool enough to handle.
  2. Spoon mashed apples into a juice bag or strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze out the juice and compost the pulp. Place juice in a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To make the Fennel Apple Spritzer:
  1. Place ice cubes in a glass. Add the apple juice, lemon juice, sparkling water and fennel syrup. Stir and taste. Adjust amount of fennel syrup as needed. Garnish with fennel fronds or apple slices. Enjoy!
Recipe by Party Inspiration at