Fennel Cucumber Spritzer

We made the booze disappear in this fresh take on a classic cocktail—but kept the fun!
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fennel cucumber spritzer

Recipe by Charles Grayauskie

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Servings: Makes 4 drinks


  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2 tbsp. fennel seeds

  • 5 Persian cucumbers, chopped, plus shaved ribbons for garnish

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)

  • Ice

  • Club soda


1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, fennel seeds, and 1/3 cup water to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Steep for 10 minutes; strain.

2. In a food processor, puree the chopped cucumbers; strain.

3. Divide the fennel syrup, cucumber puree, and lemon juice among 4 glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with cucumber ribbons.