One of my absolute favourite autumnal traditions, is making mulled cider - and later on as it gets even colder, mulled wine.
Served warm, with a stick of cinnamon, mulled cider is a seasonal treat which makes the most of the abundant apple harvests here in the UK at this time of year.
The recipe is really simple - for every 500 ml of cider (I use dry, rather than sweet), add about 100 ml of apple juice to sweeten it up, a teaspoon of ground mixed spice, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, four or five cloves and a stick of cinnamon.
Heat the whole mixture through but don't allow to boil.
Enjoy steaming in a big mug and cuddle up under a blanket.