When making mulling spices yourself, there are a lot of options you can go with. There are many different flavors that can be used, so you need to find what you like and go with it. You can use cloth spice bags, cheesecloth or ready to use tea bags.The basic spices that you want to start with are cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice berries. Other spices and flavors you can try are orange peel, fresh ginger, star anise, and peppercorns to give that holiday flavor.
The recipe that we use is easy and can be used in making mulled cider or red wine. What a great treat for that cold winter night! A packet can also be used in boiling water on the stove to give those great spice scents in your home during the holiday season.
- 4 (1/2-inch) pieces cinnamon stick
- 4 cardamom pods
- 5 black peppercorns
- 3 whole allspice berries
- 2 star anise pods
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 teaspoons dried orange zest or 1 long slice of orange peel with the pith removed
- 1-2 slices of fresh, peeled ginger
- Cider or Red Wine if desired
- Combine all ingredients in a cloth spice bag, cheesecloth or ready to fill tea bags, you can tie them up with string, just make sure that the cinnamon sticks will fit.
- In a medium saucepan, heat cider or wine over medium-high heat, put spice bag into liquid.
- Bring to boiling; reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, six to eight minutes or until desired flavor is achieved.
- Pull out spice bag and discard. Serve drinks warm.