Apple Cider

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  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star anise, optional
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cups unfiltered apple cider
  • 1/2 cup dark rum (optional)


  1. Place first five ingredients in the center of a 12-inch square of cheesecloth. Wrap tightly and tie securely with kitchen twine.
  2. In large saucepan over low heat, bring cider to a simmer. Add cheesecloth packet and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in rum, if desired. Remove cloth packet.
  4. Ladle into mugs and garnish with additional cinnamon sticks.