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Test Kitchen Approved

Savory Spiced Soda

Recipe By Janet Johnston, Savory Spice founder

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

5 Minutes

Recipe By Janet Johnston, Savory Spice founder

This is a simple yet sophisticated drink. It's refreshing enough for a summer sip but the spiced garnish makes it a gorgeous holiday-time mocktail or cocktail.


0.05 oz. *4 Whole Star Anise

2 cups water

½ cups sugar

½ bunch fresh thyme

1 (2-inch) strip lemon zest, plus lemon slices for garnish

ice cubes

1 liter chilled club soda

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  • Pink Reunion Island Peppercorn

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Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the spices and stir for 2 min. or until you smell the spices begin to toast. Add water and sugar and bring to a simmer. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add thyme and lemon peel. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and let cool. To serve, fill 4 cocktail glasses with ice. Pour 1/4 cup of the spiced simple syrup to each glass and top with club soda; be sure and get some of the thyme, peppercorns and star anise in each glass. For a cocktail version, start with a shot of gin or vodka, then add the syrup and top with club soda. Garnish with a slice of lemon.