How to Make It
Place first 3 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.
Combine cheesecloth bag, cider, and next 5 ingredients (cider through salt) in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard cheesecloth bag. Serve with rum, if desired.