The sweetness of a beverage is less pronounced at lower temperatures. If you're serving this cider over ice, use 2 cups of sugar; if serving it hot, use 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Place cinnamon sticks and cloves in center of an 8-inch square of cheesecloth; tie with string.
Bring spice bag, sugar, and next 3 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
Remove and discard spice bag; stir in 1 cup orange juice. Serve cider hot or cold.
*1 (32-ounce) bottle cranberry juice cocktail may be substituted.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, which can be found in the refrigerated produce section of large supermarkets.
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