Very Cherry Mocktail
1/4 c. sugar
½ cup water
4 whole cloves
1 whole star anise
1 1-inch piece ginger, sliced
4 c. 100 % tart cherry juice
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup water and sugar. Stir in cloves, star anise, and ginger; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (do not stir) until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool completely.
Strain syrup into pitcher and stir in cherry juice.
Pour into glasses and fill with crushed ice.
Use my honey simple syrup recipe to reduce the sugar!