The smell of mulled cider instantly makes me feel warm, cozy and ridiculously nostalgic.The reality is our house has never looked like that and our electric fireplace doesn’t even work – still, this is what mulled cider makes me think of. It’s that good!
To get visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, here’s how to make up your own mulling spice.
By the way, in addition to mulling cider, you can also use these spices to make your own mulled red wine (aka Glögg or Glühwein). And if you’re really just interested in getting that smell in your house, you can even just simmer these spice sachets in a pot of plain water.
Making Mulling Sachets
1. Gather your favourite mulling spices, bakers’ string and some cheesecloth. I used allspice berries, dried orange peel, whole cloves, whole green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, candied/crystallized ginger, black peppercorns and star anise. Of course, you can use whatever you have available or whatever flavours you prefer.
Star anise tastes a little bit like licorice or fennel.
Cardamom has a unique spicy/savory/sweet flavor that goes very well with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
3. On each square add your favourite spice combination in approximately these proportions:
4 allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces
1/2 tbsp dried orange peel
2 cardamom pods
2 star anise pods
1/2 tsp candied or crystalized ginger
4. Bring the four corners of the cheesecloth square together and tie with bakers’ string.
5. Place sachets in a container, decorate and label.
Pour 1 quart (1 litre) of cider, pure apple juice, cranberry juice or a bottle of red wine into a large pot. Add one sachet of mulling spices and simmer (not boil) on stove for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to its lowest setting to keep warm.
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