This'll take you back to the days you spent sipping Japanese whiskey by the river in Kyoto.
Photo courtesy of John deBary
1/4 oz fennel syrup (see recipe)
2 oz 12-year Japanese whiskey, such as Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year
3 dashes orange bitters
1. To make the fennel simple syrup, in a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water and bring to a boil, stirring. Sugar should be completely dissolved. Remove from heat, stir briefly, and let cool. Add 1/2 ounce ground fennel seeds and leave overnight in the refrigerator. Strain with a coffee filter and keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.
2. Combine fennel syrup with whiskey and bitters in a mixing glass or pint glass. Add ice, and stir for ten seconds.
3. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice (one large cube if available). Garnish with a grapefruit peel.