Orange Anise Sparkler Recipe

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A spice infused simple syrup is the base for the orange juice beverage. If it has too adult a flavor for the kids, skip the simple syrup and just mix the orange juice with the club soda.—
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 3 cups orange juice, chilled
  • 1 bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled
  • Orange slices and additional whole star anise

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 138 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, star anise and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Strain mixture, discarding spices. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the orange juice and soda; stir in sugar syrup. Serve in cocktail glasses; garnish with orange slices and star anise. Yield: 2 quarts.
Originally published as Orange Anise Sparkler in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p76

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