- 1 cup sugar
- 4 whole black peppercorns
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 1 strip (2 1/2 inches) orange zest
- 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.
Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.