Zest from 1 medium lemonsave a little zest for the garnish if desired
13-inch cinnamon stick
4green cardamom pods
1/4teaspoonfreshly ground nutmeg
Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add water, 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Bring to a low bowl and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the berries have burst and a sauce has formed, about 12 minutes. Taste and add additional pure maple syrup if desired (some cranberries are tarter than others, so you may need more than the recipe calls for). Remove from heat.
Remove cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods. The pods should be easy to spot because they swell and lighten up when cooking.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve, for up to 10 days. Or place in the freezer for up to 3 months.