Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

Makes one gallon


1 gallon fresh apple cider
1 tart apple, sliced horizontally
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-2 cups dark rum (can be omitted for non-alcoholic version)


Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve warm.