Pantry Staples Make Season's Hottest Drink

You'll find festively decorated mulling spice tins in gourmet shops everywhere this time of year, along with their steep price tags. The same mulling spices can easily be made at home with common ingredients you may already have in your pantry and this mulling spice recipe.

Homemade mulling spice

The two main ingredients that give mulled cider and wine their warming characteristics are allspice and cloves. And when the combination of these two spices, along with cinnamon, citrus peel and ginger, steep together with freshly pressed apple cider or a full-bodied red wine, there's no place like home for the holidays.

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

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Comments on "Homemade mulling spice recipe"

John December 24, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Actually boiling wine will get rid of most of the alcohol (unless using distilling equipment). That is why something like apricot brandy is added at the end to add alcohol back in. Methanol is wood alcohol and is poisonous. It is not in wine at all.

peggy bennett November 27, 2013 | 4:45 PM

I want to make the spice mixture in bulk and put in jars for holiday hostess gifts. Any suggestions?

Isaac June 02, 2013 | 2:04 PM

Bought some cherry Juicy Juice and steeping it right now, smells great thanx for the recipe. There is a store near Napa Valley (The Cherry Tree) that sells a cherry cider that is amazing and I have been wanting that drink for years now...hopefully I get it right.

Josh June 01, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Bringing wine to a boil is a great way to make methanol, aka moonshine. Be careful with this one.

April Kester December 19, 2012 | 10:01 PM

Mulling Spice!? I thought she was the sixth member of the spice girls, I want my money back!!!!!!!!

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