Inspired by a NYT story about a new company that is inventing unusual sodas, such as a ginger cardamom apple soda, I concocted a delicious drink:
2/3 cup apple juice
2/3 cup water
6 thin ginger slices
6 cardamom pods.
Some cardamom pods are easy to break open. Open these, and drop the pods and slices into the liquid. Bring to an almost-boil and simmer for ten minutes. Delicious! (I believe the drink would be delicious cold, as well. If you have the patience to chill it.)