- Place cinnamon, allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth.
- Heat cider and sugar in a large saucepan with spices over medium-high heat to boiling.
- Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, covered.
- Remove and discard spice bag before serving.
- To serve, pour desired amount of bourbon (if desired) in each glass and fill with warm cider.
Cider can be simmered in a slow cooker.