Eskimo Kiss

1 qt 100% pomegranate juice
2 qts apple cider
8 cinnamon sticks
6 star anise
12 cloves
12 allspice berries, cracked
1/4 cup sugar (optional)

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to just under a boil for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Steep for 1 to 2 hours. Strain and serve hot.

For a hot cocktail drink add 1 oz of Calvados or applejack and 1/2 oz of apple liqueur.