1. In a saucepan, put together cider, cinnamon, allspice berries, nutmeg, vanilla extract, star anise and pears.
2. Stir the cider mixture and heat over medium heat and bring it to a boil.
3. As the cider mixture boils, put the lid on and simmer for 30 minutes.
4. After 30 minutes remove the lid and allow the cider to cool.