Place maple syrup and water in a small pot. Add ginger and whole spices. Heat over medium heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes on low heat. Let sit for 10 minutes. You could let this sit overnight or strain it right away.
In a cocktail shaker, pour the bourbon, infused maple, and lemon juice over ice.
Shake and strain into a small glass or martini glass. Garnish with a star anise pod and lemon slice (or zest).
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