An herb that grows with wild abandon in California’s Mediterranean climate, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) roots in disturbed soil, preventing native plants from taking hold. Combine the licorice-flavored plant with vodka to produce a wickedly powerful aperitif or cocktail.
1/4 cupfennel leaves, chopped and loosely packed
1 tablespoonfennel seeds (available in supermarkets)
16 ouncesvodka or Everclear
12 ouncessimple syrup
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes plus six days to infuse
In an airtight container combine fennel seeds, leaves and vodka. Seal.
Store in a cool dark place for up to six days. Remove fennel. Add simple syrup. Refrigerate. Serve in shot glasses.