Maple syrup adds sweetness to these cool, spiced apple spritzers.
- 1 whole star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole cloves
- 10 cardamom pods
- 1 piece (about 2 inches) fresh ginger, washed and thinly sliced, plus 8 paper-thin slices for garnish
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 quart apple cider
- 1 to 2 cups seltzer
Bring spices, ginger, syrup, and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 2 minutes. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Strain, and discard solids.
Stir together spiced syrup and apple cider in a pitcher, and refrigerate until cold. Pour 1/2 cup spiced cider into each of eight glasses, and top with seltzer. Garnish each glass with ginger.