Making your own mulling spice is so easy and only takes minutes! And by doing it yourself, you could be enjoying a delicious glass of mulled wine or cider any time of year, not just at Christmas. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
Note: My recipe makes 8 tablespoons which is enough for 4 bottles. If you need more, just double or treble the quantities below. Or reduce if you don't need so much.
What You'll Need: (makes about 8 tablespoons)
4 whole star anise
2 tbsp allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 whole nutmeg
1 tsp whole cloves
2 tbsp chopped dried orange peel (or fresh peel)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
That's all there is to it!
Note: Just before adding to your wine (recipe below) bash the bag with a heavy object so you crack the whole spices just a little. This will release more flavours.
Note 2: An 8-10 inch square of cheesecloth, large enough to hold the above ingredients, makes a decent mulling bag. Just place the ingredients in the centre and tie the corners together with thread.
How to Make: (4 bottles)
Drink it hot or leave for a few minutes to cool a little and enjoy!
Note: If you didn't want too make so much, say only 2 bottles, reduce the amount of mulling spice you use to 2 tablespoons.
Store the rest in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight for future use.
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