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Make your own mulling spice mix now, and you'll be so glad on chilly nights

Dawn Viola is a research and development chef and food writer. She serves on the board of directors for Slow Food Orlando, and works with local and national companies as a healthy recipe consultant with a focus on organic, local and sus...

This homemade mulling spice recipe will get your holiday spirit on in no time

Drinking a delicious mulled wine is about as festive as the holiday season gets. Nothing screams "Christmas" like carols and a spiced warm beverage — but let's be real; the price tag on those little mulling spice tins in gourmet shops can leave you with some serious sticker shock.

The good news is, the same mulling spices can easily be made at home, and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

Allspice and cloves give mulled cider and wine that lovely, warming aspect — and when they're combined with cinnamon, citrus peel and ginger, the result is nothing short of magic.

More: Beer-roasted pork and more cozy fall recipes that feel like a warm sweater

Mulling spice recipe

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Zest of 1 orange (or orange peel with pith removed)
  • 2 (1/2-inch thick) slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 gallon organic apple cider or low-sulfide red wine

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat cider or wine over medium-high heat; stir in allspice, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest and ginger.
  2. Bring to boiling; reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, six to eight minutes or until desired flavor is achieved.
  3. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve; discard solids. Serve warm

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

This homemade mulling spice recipe will get your holiday spirit on in no time
Image: Carolyn Ketchum

This homemade mulling spice recipe will get your holiday spirit on in no time
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