Savory Spiced Soda

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

CATEGORIES
Ingredients
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 (2-inch) strip lemon zest
  • Ice cubes
  • Gin, optional
  • 1 liter chilled club soda
Directions
To serve:

Heat a stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the spices and stir to toast for 2 minutes. Add the water and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the thyme and lemon peel, cover, reduce the heat, and let simmer for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes remove from the heat, let steep and come to room temperature. Chill before using.

To serve, fill 4 cocktail glasses with ice. Add 1/4 cup spiced simple syrup to each glass. Top with 1 ounce gin, if using and the club soda.

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