Using a peeler, remove the zest from 1 lemon. Add it to a medium saucepan along with the apple cider, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, cloves and star anise. Poke holes in the jalapeno with a paring knife and add it to the cider mixture. (Reserve the zested lemon for another use.) Simmer over low heat 20 minutes to infuse the spices.
Slice the remaining lemon into rounds. Thread 12 toothpicks with 5 pieces of ginger each. Pour 4 ounces of the mulled cider and 2 ounces of bourbon into each mug. Balance a skewer across the rim of each and garnish with the lemon slices.