Chicory collins

Chicory collins

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins plus cooling

Easy

Serves 4

This refreshing herbal cocktail is made with homemade chicory syrup, fennel and caraway, topped up with gin, lemon juice and soda water

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal180
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 1 whole chicory head
    Chicory

    Chicory

    chik-or-ee

    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • 200ml gin
    Gin

    Gin

    jinn

    Like all safe alcoholic drinks, gin is based on ethanol, an intoxicating liquid chemical that…

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 100ml chicory syrup
    Chicory

    Chicory

    chik-or-ee

    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • handful of ice
  • chicory leaves, to serve
    Chicory

    Chicory

    chik-or-ee

    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • soda water
  • lemon wedges
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

Method

  1. To make the chicory syrup, put the caster sugar and 200ml water in a saucepan and add the caraway seeds, fennel seeds and the chicory head.

  2. Warm the ingredients over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves then bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave the syrup to cool completely before straining through a sieve lined with muslin or a coffee filter paper.

  3. To make the cocktail, chill 4 tall glasses in the fridge and put the gin, lemon juice and 100ml of the chicory syrup into a large cocktail shaker along with a good handful of ice. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold then strain into your prepared glasses.

  4. Add a few more ice cubes, put a chicory leaf into each glass then top up with soda water and lemon wedges. Serve immediately.

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