4 cups milk (2%, but whole would also be good)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 (5-inch) cinnamon stick
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 star anise
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
FOR THE RIMS:
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
To a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and star anise. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and steaming. Reduce to low and heat for 5 minutes, being careful not to ever let it come to a full boil. Remove from heat. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large heat-proof bowl and carefully pour the liquid over the sieve. Discard the solids. Add the liquid back to the saucepan. Stir in the Vanilla Cream, American Bourbon, and vanilla extract.
To garnish the mug rims, pour the 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup into a small saucer. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then pour it onto another small saucer. Dip the rims of the glasses into the maple syrup, then dip into the cinnamon and sugar mix, pressing to coat evenly. Flip over and fill glasses with the hot cocktail. Serve.
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