· 6 cups apple cider
· 1 cup fresh cranberries
· 1 cup sliced ginger
· 1 small pinch red chili flakes
· 3 star anise
· 2 cloves
· 2 allspice berries
· 1 orange, sliced
· 6 cinnamon sticks
· Dark rum, for serving, optional
1. Combine the apple cider, cranberries, ginger, red chili flakes, star anise, cloves, allspice, orange slices and 2 of the cinnamon sticks in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off theheat and allow the cider to sit for 5 minutes. Strain the cider to remove the spices.
2. If desired, put 1-ounce dark rum in each of 4 large mugs. Divide the cider among the mugs and garnish with the remaining cinnamon sticks.