Trying to recreate a great martini but can't find fennel syrup
Had brunch at Artisanal in Manhattan a few weeks back and had a superb martini. It was called the "Mistral" and sounded simple: Hendricks Gin, Fennel Syrup, and a touch of sour.
Anyone know where I can easily get fennel syrup - either online or in Manhattan?
Thanks everyone. I will try to make it myself. I'm not one for splashy/trendy drinks, but this one was too good to pass up.
And I agree wholeheartedly about calling a it cocktail not a martini. I posted it, re-read it and then thought "oh they're going to have a field day with that one..."
Make it yourself!
Housemade Fennel Syrup
4 star anise pods
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 small fennel bulb—halved, cored and thinly sliced
In a small skillet, toast the star anise, fennel and anise seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add the sliced fennel, cover and simmer over low heat until translucent, about 20 minutes. Let cool until warm. Filter it through a coffee filter
I've never seen or heard anything like that commercially, but if you got this drink at a restraunt called "Artisinal," it would stand to reason that they probably made the syrup themselves... SImple syrups are quite easy to make at home, and CHowhound actually has a bunch of recipes for flavored/infused syrups.
Also, just to be a total stickler, let's call this drink a "Mistral" cocktail. It's not a martini. A martini is a specific drink made with gin and vermouth. Just because a drink is served in martini glass doesn't mean it's a martini.