Mulling Spices

Amanda Marble


Usually, mulling spices are used to spice up a yummy hot drink such as wine or Apple Cider, but I also use mulling spices all the time in cooking and baking.


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14 batches
20 Min


  • 15
    double-layer cheesecloth 5-inch squares
  • 14
    (10-inch) lengths of white string
  • 3 oz
    whole cinnamon sticks
  • 6
    whole nutmegs (1 ounce)
  • 1/3 c
    chopped dried orange peel
  • 1/3 c
    chopped dried lemon peel
  • 1/4 c
    allspice berries
  • 1/4 c
    whole cloves
  • 2 Tbsp
    finely chopped, crystallized ginger (1 ounce)

How to Make Mulling Spices


  1. Place cinnamon sticks and nutmegs into a heavy freezer bag. Hit the spices with the bottom of a small heavy skillet to break them into small pieces. Place in a bowl and stir in orange peel, lemon peels, allspice, cloves, and ginger.
  2. Place about 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture in the center of each cheesecloth square. Tie securely with the string. If giving as a gift, be sure to include the mulled wine or apple recipes instructions (below).
  3. Yield: 14 bags apple mulling spice mix (each will spice a 750 ml bottle of red wine - 3-1/4 cups wine or 1/2 gallon - 8 cups apple cider)
  4. Mulled Wine Recipe Instructions

    1/2 cup water
    1/3 cup white granulated sugar
    3-1/4 cups (750 ml bottle) red wine
    1 mulling spice bag

    Combine water and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add wine and spice bag. Heat very slowly over low heat, only until small bubbles form around the edge and wine is very hot. Do not boil. Discard spice bag and serve hot.
  5. Mulled Apple Cider Recipe Instructions

    8 cups (1/2 gallon) apple cider
    1 mulling spice bag

    Place apple cider in a 3-quart saucepan and add spice bag. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Discard spice bag and serve hot.

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About Mulling Spices

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks

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