Place the cloves, star anise, cardamom pods, and peppercorns into a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stirring will help to bring out their amazing flavors!
Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and whisk thoroughly.
Cook over medium heat, whisking often. Just before the mixture is about to boil, remove it from heat. Strain over a colander to remove the spice pieces.
Let your drink cool slightly and serve in mugs with an extra sprinkling of cinnamon.
Cheers to a great night of sleep!
If you have a spice bag, you can use that to place the spices in, for easy removal.
Star anise is a spice made from the fruit of a Chinese evergreen tree called Illicium verum. It's named for its pretty star-shaped pods, that you can see in our picture, which hold the spice seeds. Star anise has a slight licorice flavor.