2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips
2 star anise (optional if you dont have them)
1 orange, thinly sliced
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon of whole cloves
1 ½ teaspoon of whole all spice
Orange and cranberry plus alcohol for serving
In a slow cooker, add in the apple cider, ginger, star anise, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and all spice. Mix, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours or even overnight OR on high for 4 hours.
STOVETOP: if you would like to make this on the stovetop, mix everything in a large pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Let cook for about an hour. You can then turn the heat down as low as it will go in order to keep it warmed if needed.
When ready to serve, garnish with fresh cranberries and/ or orange and spike with your favorite alcohol. I use about 1/2 of a shot per cup, personally.