Mulling Spices

LAST UPDATED: Sep 01, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

Blend your own mulling spices to make a delicious mulled wine, spiced apple cider, tea, coffee, syrup or even stovetop potpourri. This simple mulling spices recipe is a fragrant blend of cinnamon sticks, allspice, whole cloves, and orange zest. It makes a beautiful homemade holiday gift, too – so fast and easy to throw together!

mulling spices in a glass jar with a custom label on a marble surface

Throughout fall and winter, I love to sip and savor the warmth, flavors, and aroma of mulled cider, mulled wine, mulled syrup and even stovetop potpourri.

Come December, I love gifting. Not just any gift though, because I love a thoughtfully curated gift basket or a homemade gift. Something from the heart, which often means something from the kitchen. In fact, don’t miss my round up of 25 Easy and Beautiful Homemade Christmas Gifts.

Luckily, I’ve found a variety of ways to combine my love of warm and cozy scents and flavors with my love of gifting. These mulling spices are such a useful, charming gift that anyone on your list will love!

This homemade mulling spices recipe makes a thoughtful gift! Tuck your homemade mulling spices into a cute little jar (details below) with a beautiful label for friends, family, neighbors and coworkers.

You can gift them alone or create a gift basket with a bottle or wine and cider. When they are left as whole spices, they are ideal for mulled wine or mulled cider, but they can also be ground and used in baked goodies like pumpkin cheesecake or apple bread!

mulling spices in a glass jar

What are Mulling Spices?

They are spices used to add seasonal flavor and aroma to wine, cider, and syrup which and so much more, steeped in hot liquid and discarded. “Mull” is an infusing process that enhances the flavor for fall and winter.

You can also pulverize in a coffee grinder to make ground spices, perfect for baking! They are amazing blended into your favorite fall cookies, breads, muffins and more! Simply add or substitute a recipe that calls for cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice!

Chances are, you have most of the ingredients to make your own mulling spices in your pantry! However, they’re easily accessible both online and in your local grocery store.

You can bottle the blend for yourself or share with others for a beautiful homemade gift or a thoughtful hostess gift.

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These four core spices create a foundation for the most warm and cozy mulling spice recipe you can imagine!

You can customize your mulling spices to your taste. I’m sharing the most classic recipe along with variations to try!

Mulling Spices Ingredients

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Allspice – I like to use true allspice seeds because they work beautifully in this mulling spice blend. However, if you can’t find seeds you can also use this homemade allspice blend. Just note that ground spices will add a stronger flavor to your ciders, wines, teas, etc, instead of just steeping in an infuser and it can be difficult to blend the ground spices with whole.
  • Cloves
  • Orange Peel (dried)

Variations

There are so many ways to add more spice to your life! Anything you can think of that is a dried fruit or spice could be a wonderful addition to your mulling spice blend.

  • Crystallized Ginger
  • Brown Sugar
  • Star Anise
  • Vanilla Beans
  • Peppercorns
  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Plums
  • Cranberries

How to Make Mulling Spices

  1. Crush Cinnamon – Using a meat pounder, crush cinnamon sticks into bits.
  2. Combine – In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon bits, allspice, cloves, and orange peel and jar.
mulling spices in a glass jar

How to Crush Cinnamon

With a Rolling Pin 

Place cinnamon sticks in resealable bag with excess air removed. Place a towel on top to prevent tearing holes in the bag. Gently roll over cinnamon sticks until crushed into pieces.

With a Mallet 

Place cinnamon sticks in resealable bag with excess air removed. Place a towel on top to prevent tearing holes in the bag. Gently hammer until broken. This method also works as therapy.

How to Dry Orange Peels

  1. Peel orange rinds into very slender slices.
  2. Bake citrus zest or peel on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 1 hour at 200°.

How to Use Mulling Spices

(For Tea, Mulled Wine, Coffee and Apple Cider)

  1. Place the spice blend in a tea infuser, wrap in a piece of cheesecloth or mulsin bag.
  2. Pour liquid over the top and warm.
  3. Allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes, but up to four hours.

What Are Mulling Spices Used For

To Store

Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container, preferably in a dark cabinet up to 1 year.

QUICK TIP: Use the slider bar to multiply the ingredients in this recipe and make a larger batch! You can also use my printable measurement conversion worksheet to make the math a little easier!

free printable gift labels for mulling spices placed on a marble surface

Free Printable Holiday Gift Label

They’re perfect to share with friends and family along with a gift of free printable labels to make homemade gift-giving even easier.

Rather than using labels in a specified size, I purchase sticker sheets because they’re easily customizable and you don’t have to line everything up just right in the printer.

You can download the mulling spices label and directions here to pair with 6 ounce jars.

This makes a beautiful gift on its own or you can pair it with a spice ball and bottle of wine or apple cider.

free printable gift labels for mulling spices on a marble surface

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Mulling Spices

Julie Blanner
A simple recipe for mulling spices to make a delicious mulled wine, spiced apple cider, tea, coffee, syrup or stovetop potpourri. This mulling spices recipe is a fragrant blend of cinnamon sticks, allspice, whole cloves, and orange zest. It makes a beautiful homemade holiday gift for your loved ones.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 23 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup allspice
  • 1/4 cup cloves
  • 1/4 cup orange peel

Instructions
 

  • Using a meat pounder, crush cinnamon sticks into bits.
  • In a small bowl, mix cinnamon bits, allspice, cloves and orange peel and jar.

Notes

Variations

  • Crystallized Ginger
  • Brown Sugar
  • Star Anise
  • Vanilla Beans
  • Peppercorns
  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Plums
  • Cranberries

To Use

Use 2-3 tablespoons of mulling spices per two bottles of wine for mulling. Use the same 2-3 tablespoons of spices for a half gallon of apple cider. Place the spice blend in a tea infuser, wrap in a piece of cheesecloth or mulsin bag. Pour liquid over the top and warm. Allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes, but up to four hours.

To Store

Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container, preferably in a dark cabinet up to 1 year.

Nutrition

Calories:23kcalCarbohydrates:7gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:3mgPotassium:61mgFiber:3gSugar:1gVitamin A:44IUVitamin C:6mgCalcium:71mgIron:1mg
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Originally published December 13, 2017, updated Aug 11, 2020

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