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Easy Homemade Mulling Spices {for cider and wine}

Easy Homemade Mulling Spices {for cider and wine}

Mulling Spices are FRAGRANT and perfect for making mulled wine and mulled apple cider to keep you warm in the cool weather months!

spices in a jar with some spilled out

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Before we start talking about the individual mulling spices, we have to understand the meaning of term “mulled.”

What does mulled mean?

Mulled, or to mull, means to heat, sweeten, and add flavor into something. Items that are usually “mulled” are drinks like wine or cider.

Think of all the delicious beverages you have over the holidays.

I love a warm, buttered rum, a hot toddy, Wassail, cider, or herbal tea to help me stay warm in the cold weather.

If you are already dreaming of what will be your signature seasonal beverage, you need to have the mulling spices available.

I beg you to skip the boxes and jars of mulling spice mixes you find at the store and make your own. And please…


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labeled picture of spices

Before we get started making the spice blend, you have to know what spices are involved.

This is a great time to go through your spice cabinet and pantry, throw out any expired herbs and spices, and take inventory of what you have left.

Then, after reading the list of ingredients below, you will see what you still need to buy.

What are mulling spices?

  • cinnamon sticks
  • cardamom pods
  • allspice
  • whole cloves
  • star anise pods
  • black peppercorns
  • dried orange peel

Can’t find dried orange rind? Make your own!

Start by placing thinly sliced oranges on a baking sheet. Bake for an hour until dry.

Cool completely and chop fine in a food process or spice grinder.

Making a spice mix is easy! The hard part is gathering everything together.

If you still need to purchase a spice or two, I recommend buying in bulk.

Plus then you will have extra available to give as gifts:)

How to make mulling spices

STEP ONE: Place cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, allspice berries, cloves and star anise in large zip top bag.

STEP TWO: Crush with rolling pin a few times to break larger spices and release the oils.

STEP THREE: Add dried orange peel and peppercorns to the bag and toss to mix well. Store until ready to use.

How to use mulling spices

To “mull” your beverage of choice with the mulling spice mix, you need to steep or add them to your drink and let them infuse their flavors into the liquid.

  1. Use 3 tablespoons of spice mix per gallon of apple cider.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon of spice mix per bottle of wine.

How long do you steep mulling spices?

Add your spices to your beverage and heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10-20 minutes.

The longer you keep the mulling spices in the liquid, the stronger the flavors.

If you are using a crock pot or slow cooker, heat it on low and keep the spices in until ready to serve.

spice mix in a muslin bag

Do mulling spices go bad?

These spices will last for 6 months if stored in a cool, dry, dark, place, in an air tight container.

What can I do with mulling spices?

*Besides mulled cider and wine, you can tea, infuse all types of spirits/alcohol like tequila and vodka, tea, or add to sangria.

*Great table favors for Thanksgiving!

*Give in a gift basket complete with some cheese, sausage, crackers, jam spread, apple cider, or a bottle of red wine!

*Great with a cheese board, spiced nuts, fondue, mince pies.

jar of fall mulling spice mix with two glasses of cider

This AROMATIC spice mix makes a great EDIBLE GIFT for coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and anyone else you like to exchange gifts with!

Take Two Tapas Mulling Spice Tips

  • use whole spices
  • toast them for more flavor
  • add dehydrated orange slices for garnish/look
  • add crystallized ginger for a little kick
  • lemon peel adds a little brightness
  • grind them to a powder and use as a substitute for pie spices, add to cookies and cakes, pancakes and waffles.
  • slice or crush the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces.
  • mix constantly when portioning or all the smaller spices will fall to the bottom.
  • add a bit of brandy to your cider or wine to make it extra special.
  • Use spice muslin bags so they are already portioned out.
  • Homemade has more flavor, is less expensive.

Take a picture and post it on social media and tell me how great your house smells after using them!

collage of mulling spices with text "homemade"

Other spice mixes to make

Mulling Spice Recipe

square picture of spices in a jar

Mulling Spices

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 3 oz cinnamon sticks 
  • ⅓  cup cardamom pods
  • ¼ cup allspice berries
  • ¼ cup whole cloves
  • ¼  cup star anise pods
  • ⅓ cup dried orange peel - store bought or dried in oven 
  • ¼ cup black peppercorns


  1. Place cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, allspice berries, cloves and star anise in large zip top bag.
  2. Crush with rolling pin a few times to break larger spices and release the oils.
  3. Add dried orange peel and peppercorns to the bag and toss to mix well. Store until ready to use.


*If you love this recipe as much as I do, please leave me a comment and rate it 5 stars. Thank you!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Jim T

Saturday 14th of November 2020

P.S. FYI, there seems something wrong with the rating widget or such...won't accept the rating. Which might explain why this awesome recipe has no ratings...

Jim T

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Tried a bunch of mulling spice recipes; nothing clicked. (And from the couple that even had notable "ratings", it seemed that the higher the rating, the worse the results for me!). Until this one. Excellent...just what I was looking for, and hits the "right" taste notes exactly as I wanted. Thank you.


Monday 16th of November 2020

So glad you liked it!!

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