Mulled cider is one of my favorite drinks during the cold dark winter months. (Yes, yes, I know, California winters aren't really winters, but I have thin blood.) A splash of bourbon makes this even better!
6 cups unfiltered sweet cider
12 allspice berries
12 whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon, broken into pieces
6 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
Place all ingredients but the bourbon in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the mixture is just below a boil. Cover, remove from the heat and let steep 5 minutes.
At that point, you will notice that the allspice and cloves have floated to the top; remove and discard them. Pour a tablespoon of bourbon, if desired, into each of six mugs and pour the cider mixture over it. Spoon a few cinnamon pieces into each mug, and serve immediately.