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Homemade Mulling Spice

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Homemade Mulling Spice

I know that I already tried to explain Pete’s affection for Mulled Apple Cider. Like he is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. We always buy it at Williams Sonoma. But because I have a total cheap streak in me, I was like- “I can totally make that.” Of course, Pete was pretty sure I couldn’t, and he didn’t want to deprive himself, so he bought it anyways. Turns out it was great he did, so I could really study what was in it!

Homemade Mulling Spice

I turned out a pretty darn good Copy-cat recipe ladies and gents!

Not only are we enjoying it for ourselves, but I realized that this would be a wonderful homemade Christmas gift!

Homemade Mulling Spice

I picked up this canning jar at my local grocery store and it is a dead ringer for the Williams Sonoma Mulling Spice + Homemade LOVE.

Homemade Mulling Spice

You simply add 1 tablespoon to each 8 ounces of apple cider and then heat to a simmer. Enjoy the cider hot!

Homemade Mulling Spice

* To get the price down on the spices, I purchased mine at Costco and made this in bulk!

Homemade Mulling Spice

To make this cider:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and put a piece of parchment paper down.

Scatter the zest, peel and pith over the parchment paper.

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Bake for about an hour until dry and fragrant.

Homemade Mulling Spice

Meanwhile, place the cinnamon sticks in a Ziploc and wrap it in a beach towel. I used the back side of a hatchet to smash up the cinnamon sticks (but I bet a hammer or big rolling pin would work well too).

Mix everything gently together and store in an airtight container.

Homemade Mulling Spice

Recipe: Homemade Mulling Spice

Summary: makes 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • -1 large orange, zested, peel and pith, minced
  • -1 ounce jar cinnamon sticks, chipped
  • -.75 ounce whole allspice
  • -.75 ounce whole cloves

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and put a piece of parchment paper down.
  2. 2. Scatter the zest, peel and pith over the parchment paper and bake for about an hour until dry.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, place the cinnamon sticks in a Ziploc and wrap it in a beach towel. I used the back side of a hatchet to smash up the cinnamon sticks (but I bet a hammer or big rolling pin would work well too).
  4. 4. Mix everything gently together and store in an airtight container.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

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15 Comments

  1. laura s. says:

    I totally agree. When we have a great meal out or I see handmade items, i am always telling my husband i can make this!

  2. Vicki B says:

    It’s so cheerful looking! I just love your homemade gift things. The only thing I make is pepper which my grown son refers to “Kick A$$ Pepper” which I learned at a Williams Sonoma class completely by accident. The teacher told us how to dry pan roast the mulit colored peppercorns WS sells (and mix with Costco’s) then grind. Honestly, the difference is amazing.

    • Ooooh! That sounds awesome Vicki! Do you just grind everything in a spice grinder?

  3. K says:

    Very cool! I love mulling spices – that makes a thoughtful gift for someone!

  4. Erins says:

    This is an awesome post. I was just at Williams and Sonoma and saw canning jars like this. They were a little too expensive for me right now, but they’d be easier for some of my friends to open them. What was the brand of your jars? I’d love to purchase them.

    Thanks,
    Erins
    @foodiesmeow

    • I got mine at my local grocery store (Metropolitan Market in Seattle) for around $6. The brand is WECK- maybe you can find them more cheaply on-line? However this mulling spice would be just as great in a regular mason jar with is about $10 a case!

  5. Vicki B says:

    I don’t have a proper spice grinder, so we use an ancient electric coffee grinder. Honestly, I’ve been known to sprinkle it on popcorn.

    • I may have to do that! I bet I can borrow my mom’s old coffee grinder. YUM>

  6. This must create such a warm holiday ambiance!

  7. Carmen says:

    I need to make this bulk. Like, for my 14 brothers and sisters!! What is the ratio of ingredients? I have everything and am ready to put it together but don’t want to put too much of one spice and not enough of another

    • Hi Carmen! Think about the size of the standard spice containers to guide you. Like 5-6 cinnamon sticks (what would come in the normal size spice jar), then one of those small (half size) spice containers for the allspice and cloves (about an 1/8th of a cup?) and then the zest, skin and pith of one orange.

      14 brothers and sisters??!!! amazing!

  8. Judy says:

    This is soooo cool. I love this stuff and have had a hard time finding it lately. I think people could find a small cute jar at Ikea for not much money as well. Thanks for this recipe – already entered it in my recipe file.

  9. Heidi says:

    Hi -can you tell me the ratio of spices to juice(fluid) to use? And how long to simmer it? Thanks!

    • Heidi- I usually use 2 Tbs to 3-4 cups of apple cider and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.

  10. Nicole says:

    Thanks for this! I was appalled at the cost in William Sonoma and also thought I could make it too, so I googled and found your copy recipe! Woo Hoo! It’s awesome!