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Apple Mulling Spice Mix Recipe


This spice mix makes a nice gift to mull apple cider or red wine. The recipe makes 14 spice bags. If you are giving as a gift, be sure to include the recipe instructions.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 14 double-layer cheesecloth 5-inch squares
  • 14 (10-inch) lengths of white string
  • 3 ounces whole cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole nutmegs (1 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried orange peel
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup allspice berries
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped, crystallized ginger (1 ounce)


Place cinnamon sticks and nutmegs into a heavy freezer bag. Hit the spices with the bottom of a small heavy skillet to break them into small pieces. Place in a bowl and stir in orange peel, lemon peels, allspice, cloves, and ginger.

Place about 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture in the center of each cheesecloth square. Tie securely with the string. If giving as a gift, be sure to include the recipe instructions (below).

Yield: 14 bags apple mulling spice mix (each will spice a 750 ml bottle of red wine - 3-1/4 cups wine or 1/2 gallon - 8 cups apple cider)

Mulled Wine Recipe Instructions

1/2 cup water
1/3 cup white granulated sugar
3-1/4 cups (750 ml bottle) red wine
1 mulling spice bag

Combine water and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add wine and spice bag. Heat very slowly over low heat, only until small bubbles form around the edge and wine is very hot. Do not boil. Discard spice bag and serve hot.

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe Instructions

8 cups (1/2 gallon) apple cider
1 mulling spice bag

Place apple cider in a 3-quart saucepan and add spice bag. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Discard spice bag and serve hot.

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