Mulling Spices: A Fall Favorite

One of my favorite flavors of fall is hot apple cider.  It tastes even better when made with mulling spices.

mulling spicesThe mix I enjoy each time the weather gets a little cooler is Williams-Sonoma’s mulling spices, which come in a decorative tin.  This time of year you’ll often be able try a cup of hot apple cider made with these spices in their stores.

If you don’t want to pay $10.50 for Williams-Sonoma’s mulling spices, you can make your own.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cinnamon stick, broken up into small pieces
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 tbsp. whole allspice
1 tsp. orange zest
1 quart apple cider

Combine spices and put them in a tea infuser (or similar).  Pour apple cider into a pot, add tea infuser and gently simmer on the stove for 15 to 20 minutes.   Remove the spices before serving the cider.

If you want to give the cider an extra kick, add a shot Brandy.  With a cinnamon stick as a garnish, it’s a delicious treat on a chilly afternoon or at a holiday party.

You can also use the spice mix to make mulled wine.  Just swap the apple cider for 1 quart of red wine and add sugar to taste.

Besides giving extra flavor to apple cider and wine, this spice mix gives your home a nice fall scent.  Just one sniff will put you in a festive mood.