4 cups apple cider
1-inch whole piece ginger, peeled
2 whole cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
6 whole cardamom pods
4 whole black peppercorns
1 whole star anise
1/2 whole vanilla bean, sliced in half lengthwise
1 cup whipped cream (store-bought or homemade)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Ground cinnamon, for topping
In a 2-quart sauce pan, combine the apple cider with the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, star anise, and vanilla bean. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 15 minutes until fragrant.
Strain the cider and divide between two mugs. Fold the maple syrup into the whipped cream, then dollop it into each mug. Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.