Mulling Spices | Homemade Holiday Gift
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 cinnamon stick, allspice, whole cloves and orange zest and makes a beautiful homemade holiday gift.
From September 1st until the first signs of spring, I enjoy mulled cider, mulled wine, syrup and stovetop potpourri. Come December, I love gifting. Not just any gift though, a thoughtfully curated gift basket or a homemade gift. Something from the heart, which often means something from the kitchen.
What are Mulling Spices?
They are spices used to add seasonal flavor and aroma to wine, cider and syrup which are steeped in hot liquid and discarded. “Mull” is an infusing process that enhances the flavor for fall and winter.
You likely have most of the ingredients to make your own mulling spices in your pantry! You can bottle the blend for yourself or to share with others for a beautiful homemade gift.
I created my favorite blend of mulling spices in an 8 ounce portion 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 these sticker sheets because they’re easily customizable and you don’t have to line everything up just right in the printer. They also make a great after school activity for the girls to cut and color their own stickers.
This makes a beautiful gift on it’s own or you can pair it with a spice ball and bottle of wine or cider.
How to Use Mulling Spices:
Place the spice blend in a tea infuser or wrap in a piece of cheesecloth. Pour liquid over the top and warm. Allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes, but up to 4 hours.
How to Make Mulling Spices:
Mulling spices make mulled wine, apple cider and stovetop potpourri. This mulling spices recipe is a fragrant blend cinnamon stick, allspice, whole cloves and orange zest.
- 10 small cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 c allspice
- 1/4 c cloves
- 1/4 c orange peel
Using a meat pounder, crush cinnamon sticks into bits.
In a small bowl, mix cinnamon bits, allspice, cloves and orange peel and jar.
Originally published December 13, 2017