Made with a blend of fragrant spices, including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange zest, mulling spices are an easy way to add seasonal flavor to apple cider, mulled wine, and more!
Yes, my friends, today I’m teaching you how to make homemade mulling spices.
I’m a tad embarrassed to admit that until a few months ago it had never occurred to me I could make my own mulling spices. For some reason, I just assumed you had to buy them as a mix from the store.
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That is not the case, of course, and I’m excited to show you how easy it is to blend your own. I’m especially giddy because now is an opportune time to make mulling spices.
As the temperatures decrease this fall and the holiday season starts, you’ll find so many uses for them.
What are mulling spices used for?
Mulling spices have a variety of uses. They are probably best known as a seasonal flavor addition for hot apple cider. They can also be used to make mulled wine. (You can find my Mulled Apple Cider recipe here and Mulled Wine recipe here.)
Mulling spices can likewise be ground (or pulverized in a coffee grinder) and used in place of spices in baking. They would make a lovely substitute for pumpkin pie or apple pie spice. You could even add the ground spice mix to your pancake or waffle batter for Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast!
Besides those uses, you can put them in your tea or coffee for an extra flavor kick. Some folks like to add them to the brine for turkey and chicken.
Mulling spices also make an excellent gift. – Who knew there were so many ways to use them?
What are the ingredients in mulling spices?
After doing a lot of research, I learned that the ingredients can vary quite a bit. However, every recipe I found included the following:
From there, mulling spices can be customized with one or more of the following:
For my recipe, which you will find below, I went with the traditional ingredients plus cardamom pods and peppercorns.
Homemade Mulling Spices
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, just place them in a bowl and mix well.
A couple things to note:
1) To break up the cinnamon sticks, place them in a large zipper-top plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin or heavy skillet.
2) The dried orange zest will tend to settle at the bottom of the bowl. As you portion out the mulling spices into containers, keep mixing the ingredients.
If there is any orange zest leftover in the bowl, divide it evenly among the jars.
I decided to put the mulling spices I made into small jars so I can share them with friends and use them as holiday gifts.
If you’re just making the spices for yourself, you can scale back the recipe to suit your needs.
You can find all the details on how I make my Mulled Apple Cider here, but generally speaking, you’ll want to add about 2 tablespoons of mulling spices per 1/2 gallon of apple cider. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
I recommend picking up some of these bags to hold the mulling spices when you add them to cider or wine.
This will eliminate the need to later strain out the cloves, bits of cinnamon, and other ingredients. (It’s almost like having a mulling spice tea bag!)
If you liked this recipe, you’ll love these too:
- Apple Cider Sidecar
- Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria
- Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy
- Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail
- Apple Cider Sangria
After seeing what I did and how easy this recipe for Homemade Mulling Spices is, I hope you’ll try making your own.
Stay tuned as I’ll be passing along more creative uses for mulling spices over the coming months.
- 2 cups cinnamon sticks crushed
- 2 cups whole cloves
- 2 cups allspice berries
- 1 1/2 cups dried orange zest
- 1 cup cardamom pods
- 1/2 cup peppercorns
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
Divide evenly into sealable jars. Store sealed up to one year.
I divided my mulling spices into smaller jars so I can gift them to others. If you're just making the spices for yourself, you can cut back the amounts to suit your needs.
For serving: 2 tablespoons of mulling spice per 1/2 gallon of apple cider or wine