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Spice-Infused Simple Syrup

  • yield: Makes about 3/4 cup




  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 strip (2 1/2 inches) orange zest

Cook's Note

Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.


  1. Step 1

    Bring sugar, 1 cup water, the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and zest to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. For milder flavor, remove star anise, and discard; simmer 10 minutes more. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Pour through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006



Reviews (1)

  • CaseyAngelova 6 Nov, 2011

    I have been enjoying this syrup in a cup of steamed milk for years... a nice alternative to hot cider or cocoa!