There's nothing like coming in from hours of raking on a cold October afternoon to a steaming mug of mulled cider. I worked off of this recipe but made a few changes. Cider's sweet enough without adding brown sugar, if you ask me.
Mulled Apple Cider
8 cups fresh, unfiltered apple cider
1 orange with peel, quartered
4 3-inch sticks of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
7 pods of cardamom
3 star anise
Bring all ingredients to a low boil in a large saucepan. Cover and simmer gently for 20-30 minutes. Pour hot cider through a fine mesh strainer into mugs or a heat proof pitcher.
Makes 8 cups.
(See those warm cozy mittens? I macht them.)