Makes 1 drink
4 oz / 1.5 cup sparkling water
3 ounces watermelon juice
1 ounce white pepper fennel syrup
Fill a water glass with ice and pour in 2 ounces of the sparkling water. Add the watermelon juice and white pepper fennel syrup, then add the remaining 2 ounces sparkling water. Give a stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve with a straw.
White Pepper Fennel Syrup
(makes about 2 cups)
1 cup sugar
8 ounces/1cup filtered water
2 cups chopped fresh fennel bulb
2 tablespoons whole white peppercorns
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend on high speed for 2 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Strain the syrup through a gold coffee filter into a n airtight container; discard the solids. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.