6 medium garlic cloves, smashed
1 thyme bundle or 3 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
Zest of 1 lemon removed with a vegetable peeler in wide strips (avoid getting any of the pith - white part)
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 TB fennel seeds
Combine everything in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature for at least an hour, preferably 3 hrs. Strain through a fine sieve and store at room temperature in an airtight jar.