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Homemade Mulling Spices Are Your Winter-Weather Secret Weapon

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 is a million times better than anything store-bought

We're super-excited the holidays are here, but we're also (not so) secretly dreaming of tropical weather, which makes a toasty beverage totally mandatory right about now — and a delicious mulled wine is just that. Plus, it's 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 & More Cozy Fall Recipes That Feel Like a Warm Sweater

Mulling spice recipe

Serves 8 to 10


  • 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


  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
This homemade mulling spice recipe is a million times better than anything store-bought
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Originally published January 2012. Updated November 2017.

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