6 Spices For Your Fall-Inspired Mulling
A hot cup of apple cider is a delicious way to welcome the fall weather. Mulling spices are the perfect addition to your next batch of homemade cider. Mulled wine, mulled beer and mulled cider are exactly what they sound like–spiced drinks that have been heated with various spices, fruits and other flavors. The concoction has been made for centuries for everything from medicinal purposes to flavoring drinks.
The word “mull” comes from the Middle English word meaning “to soften.” The spiced cider is served warm and mellows out the harshness of the alcohol, which is one reason it was so popular in Colonial America. Today, mulled wine is a common drink served during the holidays. Some people even claim that drinking mulled wine helps relieve cold symptoms.
Cinnamon sticks are an old favorite for mulling spices because they give off a sweet aroma when heated, as well as an interesting texture when stirred into a drink. You can also add whole cloves, allspice berries, star anise or vanilla beans to your recipe for extra flavor.
Here are six spices you can use if you’re planning on making some hot cider this season!
Spice up your Fall with these spices for mulling and cocktails. Mulling spices are a really fun way to make an ordinary fall drink into something special. Simply add whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peels, and other ingredients listed in the recipe to a pot of simmering apple cider or apple juice (or any other fall-ish beverage) and let it do its thing while you enjoy your beverage.
Tis the season to get cozy with a hot cup of apple cider or apple-based cocktail. Some of my favorites include: The classic Mulled Wine – a rich blend of red wine simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, fresh orange slices, whole allspice berries and whole nutmeg until it is rich and fragrant – although mulled cider is just as lovely as well as a warm apple-based cocktail like the Hot Buttered Rum that pairs perfectly with freshly baked apple pie.
And if you’re hosting friends this holiday season to share in the joys of mulling, here are six spices that you can use to create the perfect mulling spice mixture: Cloves – Whole Cloves is one of my favorite mulling spices because I love their flavor. You can also use ground cloves but don’t go
Mulled wine is a warm, aromatic wine that is spiced and served hot. This beverage originated in the Mediterranean region, and it was generally used to help people recover from the effects of cold weather. Today, mulled wine is enjoyed around the world during the autumn and winter seasons.
Tis the season for mulling spices and warming up with some mulled wine! Mulling spices have been used for thousands of years to add flavor to food as well as beverages.
Here are six spices you can use to make your own mulled wine at home:
Ginger – ginger adds a spicy kick to your mulled wine. Cinnamon – cinnamon adds a distinctive warmth to this drink. Cloves – cloves add a sweet spice while masking the flavor of alcohol. Allspice – allspice is a mix of several different spices, including nutmeg and peppermint leaves. Star anise – star anise adds a strong licorice-like taste to your mulled wine. Orange peel – orange peel adds a citrusy taste that complements the spices.”
A mulled drink is a hot drink that has spices added to it, such as cinnamon or cloves. A mulled drink can be served hot or warm and is usually drunk during the colder months of the year. There are many types of mulled drinks. Mulling spices are used to flavor wine and cider. You can also mull pure apple juice without any alcoholic content.
Tis the season for warm comfort foods and heartwarming drinks. If you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned, festive spice, or if you’re simply seeking a warming treat, try one of these 6 mulling spices!
1. Nutmeg. Nutmeg is the most commonly used ingredient in mulling spices. If used alone, it will give your mulled cider a rich, sweet flavor with a hint of bitterness. It’s recommended that you use whole nutmeg because ground nutmeg loses its flavor more rapidly than whole nutmeg.
2. Cinnamon. Cinnamon can also be found in mulling spice blends and when used alone, it imparts a spicy-sweet flavor to your cider.
3. Ginger Root. Whole ginger root can be cut into small pieces and added to your spice mix for added flavor and aroma. You can even throw the whole root into your pot with the other spices, core and all!
4. Cloves. Cloves are another popular mulling ingredient that imparts a spicy flavor to your cider when used alone or combined with other spices in your blend such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
5. Cardamom Seeds And Pod. Cardamom seeds are one of the most expensive spices on the market and using them in your mulling spice blend will really add an exotic twist to your drink! Add crushed cardamom pods as well if you’d like to retain some of their outer shell in your cider mixture.
6. Star Anise Seed
Mulling spices are my favorite things to use in fall and winter. There are so many different kinds that you can find and they make your house smell amazing while they’re cooking.
I love to eat them with a little bit of bourbon, cider, or even just hot apple juice! I have a lot of spices on hand at all times, so it’s not hard for me to come up with a list like this one.
Citrus Peel (optional)
*These items can be found in your local grocery store spice aisle or at Walmart. If you live in an area where you don’t have a good spice shop near you, you can order all of these online for very cheap!**