The grace period between Halloween and Thanksgiving is always dolloped by many nights with mulled cider in my mug. This recipe from Hot Drinks has the ideal combination of sweetness, spiciness, and citrus.
Spicy mulled cider
from Hot Drinks by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
3 cups sweet apple cider
4 whole star anise pods
1⁄2 teaspoon whole allspice berries
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 5-inch Ceylon cinnamon stick
4 white cardamom pods, cracked
2 slices of orange, quartered
2 slices of lemon, quartered
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a low simmer. Lower the heat and continue to simmer gently for 30 minutes. Ladle into four mugs and serve steaming hot.