Hot Apple Cider
3 cinnamon sticks 3 whole star anise, optional 1 tablespoons whole cloves 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 6 cups unfiltered apple cider 1/2 cup dark rum (optional)
In the center of a 12" square of cheesecloth, place first five
ingredients. Wrap tightly and tie securely with kitchen twine.
In large saucepan over low heat, bring cider to a simmer.
Add cheesecloth packet and cook 10-15 minutes. Stir in rum,
if desired. Remove cloth packet. Ladle into mugs and garnish
with additional cinnamon sticks.