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Chicory collins

Chicory collins

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • 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

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal180
low infat0g
saturates0g
carbs12g
sugars12g
fibre0g
protein0.1g
salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 whole chicory head
  • 200ml gin
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 100ml chicory syrup
  • handful of ice
  • chicory leaves, to serve
  • soda water
  • lemon wedges

Method

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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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