Mulling spices are simple to make and make wonderful holiday gifts. Use mulled wine spices to make a festive holiday drink that creates the most beautiful fragrance throughout your home. These spices can be used for wine, brandy or as mulled cider spices.
When we think about fall drinks, maybe pumpkin spice lattes are the first thing that comes to mind. However, don’t let another important fall must-have slip your mind: drinks with mulled spices.
Mulled wine spices and mulled cider spices are just the things you need to cozy up as cold weather approaches. Read our complete guide to mulling spices so you can sip on your favorite winter drinks this year.
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How to Make Mulling Spices
Making mulling spices is easy as pie! Gather the ingredients below and follow our simple directions to make your own!
- Allspice – Whole
- Peppercorn – Whole
- Star Anise – Whole
- Candied Ginger – Sliced into small cubes
Simply add the cardamom, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg into a plastic bag and slightly crush them up with a rolling pin.
Cut the dried orange peel and candied ginger into small cubes.
Add the crushed spices, sliced orange peel and ginger and star anise, peppercorn and allspice into a mixing bowl and stir them together.
Scoop the mulling spices into individual jars to store.
If you’re giving the spices as gifts, add a dried orange slice in there, close the lid and tie with a cute ribbon.
Add the spices to a saucepan with your choice of beverage. Let it simmer for at least ten minutes. Add more time if you like your winter drinks extra spicy.
How to Use Mulling Spices
Here is a basic formula for using mulled spices in wine and cider:
For a 750 ml of wine, use 2 tablespoon of spices. For cider, use 4 tablespoons per gallon. Let them simmer in a pot with the liquid for 20 minutes. You’ll drain them out and pour the cider or wine back into the pot. Serve this beverage straight from the pot!
If you don’t want to strain, try using a tea ball for the spices and simmer them in the liquid that way.
You can also use mulling spices with the below:
- Apple juice
- Pomegranate juice
Mulling Spices for Fragrance
You can also use mulling spices to add fragrance to your home. They’ll add the most festive holiday scent throughout your home! It’s simple too, just boil a few cups of water and add in 1/4 cup of the spices. Simmer for 20 minutes while the spices fill the home with fall aromas.
Mulling Spices Benefits
You’ll be delighted to find out that mulling spices are beneficial to you. Cinnamon, for example, has tons of antioxidants and can lower your blood sugar level.
It doesn’t stop there, though. Cloves reduce inflammation and protect against stomach ulcers. They’re also a great source of Vitamin K and potassium.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Drink Mulling Spices?
Yes! Mulling spices taste absolutely delectable when you add them to your fall recipes.
What’s even better is that you can eat them, too. Uses mulling spices as a spice rub or turkey brine for your meat. You can also try them as a topping for your waffles, donuts, or pancakes on Christmas morning.
What Are Mulling Spices?
Mulling spices are an assortment of spices for fall drinks and winter drinks. Though you can sip on these drinks any time of year, they’re best for spreading a little holiday cheer.
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What Is Mulling Spice Made of?
Mix and match some of these mulled wine spices and mulled cider spices to get the perfect blend for your fall drinks:
- star anise
- dried fruits (apples, orange peel, or raisins)
Why Are They Called Mulling Spices?
Some think the term is borrowed from the old English word “mouldale,” which means funeral banquet. Others think the English borrowed the Dutch word “mol,” which is a type of bear.
The phrase most likely comes from one of the oldest definitions for mull, which is to soften or break into smaller pieces.
Can You Reuse Mulling Spices?
Spices don’t really go bad.
Mulled wine spices and mulled cider spices do lose their flavor after time, though. Storing them in an airtight container will preserve the flavor for longer.
There you have it! Use mulling spices to celebrate the coziest time of the year.
More Recipes You’ll Love
If you make these mulling spices, please leave a comment and review below! We’d love to know your thoughts!
- 4 sticks cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cardamom pods
- 5 whole nutmeg
- 5 whole star anise
- 1/4 cup cloves, whole
- 1/4 cup all spice berries, whole
- 1/2 cup peppercorns, whole
- 1/3 cup dried oranges, cut into small cubes
- 3 tbsp crystalized ginger, cut into small cubes
- Simply add the cardamom, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg into a plastic bag and slightly crush them up with a rolling pin.
- Cut the dried orange peel and candied ginger into small cubes.
- Add the crushed spices, sliced orange peel and ginger and star anise, peppercorn and allspice into a mixing bowl and stir them together.
- Scoop the mulling spices into individual jars to store.
- If you’re giving the spices as gifts, add a dried orange slice in there, close the lid and tie with a cute ribbon.