A couple words of advice. Use beer yeast instead of cider yeast, it'll help the cider mellow out and become drinkable more quickly. Don't add any additional sugar to the juice, it'll have enough sugar to make your cider 5% ABV or more. Don't cook the cider, add campden tablets as per the instructions to kill off any nasties in the cider. If you want to add spices, my personal preference is to add them during secondary after a month long primary. Remember, it's better to use too little than too much.