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Dec 7, 2008 06:55 PM

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?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: craigasaurus

      Artisanal does make that syrup themselves. Ditto about calling it a cocktail.

    2. 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

      1. you could make it something closer to a real martini by using a pastis instead of the fennel syrup and sour. Pastis does share some characteristics with vermouth. Your post gave me an inspiration and I'll let you know how it turns out and the final verdict

        1. 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..."