With two hits of orange (once in the syrup and then a few pinches of zest in the drink itself), it's decidedly orange flavored, yes - but not cloyingly so. It's just right. The spices - cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg - lend warm fuzzy notes that help bring this all together in a swirl of creamy, caffeine-packed, entirely-too drinkable pure goodness.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the sugar and water. Using a paring knife, peel two large (about 2 - 3 inches long) strips of peel from a fresh orange. Be careful to avoid the bitter pith (the white part) as much as possible. Add the orange peel, cinnamon stick, cloves, and nutmeg, to the sugar-water mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour syrup over a sieve into a small bowl or jar and discard solids.
Keeps refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Make the iced coffee:
Fill a 12 ounce or larger glass with ice. Pour coffee concentrate and syrup over ice, stir in cream, if using. Top with orange zest and a dash of cinnamon. Serve with a straw.