"This is a great summer drink that's not too sweet. Best when drunk out of a pirate glass!"
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick, broken up
a small piece of vanilla bean.
Bring all ingredients to a boil, then adjust the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Cool."
I get it at The Boston Shaker in Davis Square, Somerville: http://www.thebostonshaker.com/ (I see you're in MA, too, so it's conceivable you'd visit in person, but the website has a store as well.)
Thanks, folks! I love it - perfect for a fall or winter night, but pretty tasty at any time.
I read your bio. I got into cocktails for the shakers. I have a collection of about 100 of them. Do you collect glassware or are you just a fan?