Apple juice 1/2 gallon
Brown sugar 1/2 cup
Vanilla bean two segments
Cinnamon whole stick 2 sticks
Whole black peppercorn 1 table spoon
Whole allspice 1 table spoon
Whole clove 1 table spoon
In a heavy bottomed pot, place cinnamon, peppercorns, allspice, and cloves. Toast ingredients for 2-3 minutes over medium heat to help release their flavor and aroma. After the spices have been toasted add the apple juice and vanilla bean and bring to a boil. When the juice reaches a boil add the brown sugar and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved. Reduce hear and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. The longer it simmers the more intense the flavors will become. Before straining and serving you can add additional brown sugar to taste. For those who desire a sweeter drink add more brown sugar.
Note: dried spices can be used in place of whole, however the final drink will have a more cloudy appearance. Also you will need less of the dried spices than the whole.