Dan’s Winter Warmer

1 gallon fresh apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks, plus extras for garnish
3 quarter inch thick slices of fresh ginger, smashed
1 whole star anise
bourbon, we use Maker’s Mark

 
Bring cider to a simmer, lower heat and add cinnamon sticks, ginger and anise. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain.  You can also hold over in a  crockpot fro serving at a party.
 
Pour 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon into a mug. Ladle hot cider over bourbon and serve garnished with a cinnamon stick.

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