8 cups fresh apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 whole cloves
Whole star anise
Apple slices with star cut out in the middle
Heat the cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture is hot, stirring occasionally.
Strain the cider into a heatproof pitcher or individual mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, apple slices and star anise.