Note from mixologist Deanna Sison (Victory Hall): "The flavor inspiration for this drink came from hiking the hills just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, where there are fields of wild fennel and blackberry rambling along the coast. "What grows together, goes together." Cointreau seemed a perfect base for this summery take on the classic rickey. At Victory Hall & Parlor, we name our cocktails after the unsung heroes and quiet muses of our time. This name came from one of hip-hop's greatest freestlyin' and most sampled artists - Slick Rick. He's fresh and doesn't take himself too seriously. Just like this cocktail."
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Cointreau, Lillet, blackberry fennel shrub, and top with soda. Garnish with a wild fennel flower.
Blackberry Fennel Shrub:
2 pints of whole blackberries
2 cups of fennel (finely chopped)
3 cups of sugar
¾ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
Combine blackberry, fennel, sugar in a large bowl and toss to evenly coat. Allow to macerate in the fridge for a day or two. Mixture should be nice and soupy. Strain away solids by using a sieve. Add vinegars to remaining syrup and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into a mason jar, cap, and give a good shake to dissolve any remaining sugars.