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Mulling Spices Recipe

This Mulling Spices Recipe is filled with warming and aromatic spices. Homemade Mulling Spices makes an easy and welcome gift, especially when paired with the included label and a mulling ball.

This is the time of the year when it’s best to have a stash of gifts on hand when you need something for your mailman, your hairdresser, your favorite cashier, the hostess at your Christmas gathering, and…well, you get my drift. There are just so many gifting opportunities.

Mulling Spices Recipe: Cups of spiced cider with molasses cookies

Before we get started, it might be helpful to answer a few questions:

What does “mulled” mean?

Straight from our friends at the Oxford Dictionary – “mull” means to heat, sweeten, and flavor (a beverage, such as wine or cider) with spices. There are many things that can be mulled (see below) but wine and cider are most popular

What are mulling spices?

Mulling spices are a wide variety of fragrant, warming spices. Most popular would typically include some mixture of cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, star anise and peppercorn. Most mixtures also may include dried fruit such as orange rind, apples, raisins, etc. Generally speaking, anything that works well with sweet flavors could be a good candidate.

What can you use mulling spices for?

There are many wonderful uses for mulling spices, but most popular uses are to flavor drinks as the weather begins to cool and we approach the holidays like a warmed cider or wine and even coffee and tea. Many have used them as a holiday baking spice for cakes and cookies or to spice up your pancakes and waffles for holiday breakfast. If you don’t want to add it to your batter mix, spice up your maple syrup as a bit of wonderful holiday flavor for your treats hot off the griddle! During the winter months, especially around the holidays, I love to add a special holiday fragrance to my kitchen by simmering mulling spices in water over low heat on my stove. Works great when hosting parties or entertaining.

A jar of homemade Mulling Spices is such an easy to gift to make and appreciated by just about everyone…I mean, who doesn’t love spiced cider? And if they don’t like spiced cider, well…I just don’t know what to say! But in all honesty, if cider isn’t their thing, they could just as easily add these Homemade Mulling Spices to wine or any number of tasty treats I mentioned above as well!

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Mulling Spices Recipe: Jars of homemade Mulling Spices with mulling ball

You could pair the jar of homemade mulling spices with a Mulling Spice Ball.  I got mine at Williams-Sonoma years ago, but they have this one that looks similar and Amazon has a very similar one as well.

how to make mulled cider

Add two tablespoons of mulling spices for each quart of apple cider or wine. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

So, let’s look at this mulling spices recipe:

Mulling Spices in Jars

Mulling Spices

A combination of warming spices makes the perfect mulling spice, for cider or wine.
4.60 from 15 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Beverage Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 ounces
Calories 33 kcal



  • Put nutmeg in a ziploc bag, between folded towels and pound with hammer or meat tenderizer until it is broken into small pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well to combine
  • Distribute among gifting jars and attach label or recipe to each jar.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 12mgFiber: 5g
Keyword cider, mulling, recipe, spice
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This mulling spices recipe makes almost 16 ounces, so I divided it between 2 almost 8 ounces jars.

I used my Weck Jars (you know I love those Weck Jars!) and attached a label (I used Avery Labels 22808) to the lid which gives guidance on how to use the mulling spices. Here is a PDF of the labels I made in case you would like to use them as well…Mulling Spices

Mulling Spices Recipe: Overhead picture of homemade Mulling Spices in jar with instruction label on top and with Mulling Ball

Bookmark this page or Pin the following image if you think you’d like to prepare Mulling Spices as a gift this holiday.

This warming and aromatic Mulling Spices Recipe is so easy to mix up! Divide among jars, attach the provided label and you have much appreciated gifts for holiday giving.

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  1. 5 stars
    We were just talking about mulled wine last weekend. It seems to show up this time of year. I love this gift idea and am a huge fan of Weck Jars. You’ve probably seen them all over my website. I also like to make edible gifts, especially this time of year but I haven’t this year outside of cookies. This may be the one. ♥

  2. I’ve discovered oui yogurt and the jars are piling up and because jars can be so useful I seem to be collecting them without even thinking about it. This spice would be a great idea to reuse those jars and then just figure out a cover for a fun presentation. After I finish my workbench project I may have to ponder this a little more. Great idea!

  3. i must have missed somewhere of continued instructions of mixing with water, measuring and simmering with water. Can water be used? my family does not drink alcohol.

    1. Good Morning Judy,

      How did I overlook that? Thank for bringing it to my attention.

      Add two tablespoons of mulling spices for each quart of apple cider. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.



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