- 1 quart apple cider
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 3 whole allspice berries
- 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
- 1 inch-long piece of ginger root (optional)
- 1 star anise (optional)
- Rum or brandy to taste (optional)
Bring all of the ingredients, excluding the alcohol, to a boil. (We like to put the spice in a tea strainer or cheesecloth for easy removal).
Serve right away or let sit for a day or two in the refrigerator to deeply infuse the flavor.