Spiced Orange Mocktail
6 mandarin oranges
1/2 cup water
2 tbls coconut sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 black cardamom pod
3 whole cloves
1 star anise
For the mocktail: sparkling water
Zest the oranges in a small pot. Squeeze in the juice. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Turn off the heat, cover and let steep about 10 minutes. Cool.
Store unused syrup in the refrigerator.
For each mocktail: fill the glass with ice. Add the spiced orange syrup to half of the glass, top with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy with a cinnamon stick.
Try it warm: Warm the syrup, fill a cup half full with the orange syrup. Top off with warm water. Sip and enjoy with a cinnamon stick.1