Rich simple syrup
Combine the diced apples and hard cider in a large container or pitcher. Cover and let chill in the fridge overnight.
Mix in the apple cider, brandy, bourbon, and syrups, stirring until thoroughly combined. Add in the soda water last, and give the pitcher another quick stir.
Spread cinnamon sugar on a small plate or saucer. Wet the rim of each glass and then dip into the cinnamon-sugar on the plate, turning to coat.
Add a handful of ice to each glass, and then top with sangria. Scoop out additional apples. Garnish with cinnamon stick and star anise and serve immediately.