Combine apple cider, spices and orange slices into a large pot. Place over medium heat.
Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook the cider for another 15-20 minutes, then remover from heat.
Ladle hot spiced cider into mugs and serve with a cinnamon stick and/or star anise pod for garnish.
If you prefer a sweeter apple cider, you can add a little bit of white granulated sugar to the simmered mixture.
If desired, strain the simmered cider before serving.
To make hard apple cider, add a splash of bourbon, brandy or whiskey after you take the cider off of the heat.
Be sure to refrigerate leftover portions promptly, and consume within 2 days of making.
Please note that the nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate, and has been calculated using a plugin.