Spiked apple cider is a warming beverage perfect during the cool holiday season! Easily customize it with your choice of spices and liquor.
Yield: 8 ¾ cups ( 70 oz)
In a large pot, combine apple cider, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice berries, and star anise. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and partially cover pot. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and add brown sugar. Stir to combine. Keep pot covered and steep spices for another 30 minutes. Strain and discard spices.
Bring mixture back to simmer.
*If making a large batch, pour in rum.
*If making a single serving, portion out 4 to 8 oz of mulled apple cider and add 1 oz rum.
Serve warm. Garnish with orange slices, cinnamon stick, or desired spices.