Mulling spices for the winter months in wine or cider!
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.
- 2 tsp dried orange zest or 1 long slice orange peel with the pith removed.
- 4 whole cloves
- 1-2 slices of fresh, peeled ginger
- 5 black peppercorns
- 2 star anise pods
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 (1/2 inch) pieces cinnamon stick
- 3 whole allspice berries
- 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 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 simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes or until desired flavor is achieved.
Pull out spice bag and discard. Serve drinks warm.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 26.1g Fiber: 3.8g Sugar: 18.4g Protein: 0g