Lean and Green Cocktail

by John Cusimano 3:00 AM, July 12, 2018

Rachael Ray Show

Aired July 12, 2018

Serves 1

John uses a mandolin to make his ultra-thin slices of fennel. Any hand-held slicer will do the trick.


5 to 8 very-thin slices fennel, plus 1 slice for garnish
4 leaves fresh basil, plus 1 small sprig for garnish
¼ cup gin
2 tablespoons elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 dashes fennel bitters (optional)
1 fennel frond, for garnish


Muddle the fennel slices and basil at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add gin, St. Germain, lime juice, and, if using, fennel bitters; shake well with ice, and double-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the basil sprig, fennel slice and fennel frond.


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