Mulling Spices Blend

Mulling Spices Blend

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Mulling Spices make a great homemade holiday gift and this Mulling Spices Blend is particularly festive.  Mulling spices can be used for both mulling wine as well as apple cider.  I’m a fan of mulled wine using a bold wine, like a zinfandel or a grenache.  You can also mull white wine.

My special blend has a very fruit-forward flavor, achieved by including dried hibiscus flowers and dried orange rind.  I also added in juniper berries, leftover from the last time I made my own pickling spices.  Cardamom seeds, cloves, cinnamon and star anise round out the mix.

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Mulling Spices Blend
3 tablespoons juniper berries
2 tablespoons whole cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
2 tablespoons dried orange peel
2 tablespoons whole cloves
2 whole cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
5 whole star anise pods, broken into smaller pieces

Combine all the ingredients and keep in an airtight jar.  Use 1 tablespoon per glass of mulled wine or cider.

To mull wine or cider, place the mulling spice blend in a tea infuser.  Place the tea infuser in a small saucepan with wine or cider.  Bring just to a simmer and then remove from the heat.  Remove the tea infuser.  Serve in mugs with cinnamon sticks for garnish.  Enjoy!

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