Star anise and cinnamon cocktail. (Photo, Michael Alberstat.)
, such as Grand Marnier
Combine sugar with 1 cup water, star anise, cinnamon sticks and clementine peels in a large saucepan and set over high. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture turns syrupy, about 5 min. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and peel. Refrigerate syrup until chilled. Fill a pitcher with syrup, star anise, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Pour into 8 ice-filled glasses.