2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 inch long by 1/4-inch wide strip of lime peel
1/8 teaspoon turmeric or saffron
2 whole cardamom pods, crushed, 1 whole star anise and 1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Simmer the water and sugar, ginger, lime peel, turmeric or saffron, whole spices for 5 minutes. Let cool and strain out spices. Stir in fresh lime juice before serving over fruit.
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