Campari-Fennel Aperitif

Ingredients
Handful of fennel fronds, plus 1 small sprig for garnish
3 lemon wheels
2 ounces dry sparkling wine
3/4 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce simple syrup (see Note)
One 2-inch-long strip of lemon peel
Ice


How to Make It
Step

In a cocktail shaker, combine the fennel fronds with the lemon wheels, sparkling wine, Campari and simple syrup. Muddle 20 times. Add ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over the drink and add it to the glass. Garnish with the fennel sprig and serve.

Notes
To make simple syrup, simmer 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let the syrup cool. The simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.