Deliciously sweet with a kick of tart flavor, this rich spiced cider has all the flavor elements you want for your next winter party.
Bring first 7 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a container, discarding solids. Stir in rum, if desired. Garnish, if desired, and serve warm.