The holidays are all about scents. Fresh cut pine, cinnamon, burning wood in the fireplace, cloves, orange spice, hot apple cider are some of my favorites. During this time of year I like to have a little mulling spice infusing something on the stove when we’re hanging out at home on a weekend. It really sets a mood—even if there’s no intention of mulling cider or wine, I still like the aromatherapy. Sometimes just having some lemon peels, orange peels and mulled spices is enough. Mix that smell with the scent of oatmeal raisin cookies and I am all yours.
With the holidays coming up, I thought it would be nice to share a little recipe for DIY mulling spices. Most of the time I just eyeball it, but if I’m giving it as a gift, I make a large batch. In my version I add dried orange peel and a little candied ginger. It adds a nice spicy sweetness to whatever you are mulling (can we use this as a verb?). Let’s mull it over (had to).
And we’re off!
You’ll note that I broke up the cinnamon sticks to fit in the jars
The mixture goes into a bowl. YOU MIX! That’s pretty much it.
Transfer mixture into each jar and you’re done! If you’re making your own mulled wine, I’d say that 2 tablespoons is a good place to start in your infusion.
Happy gift giving have fun mulling it up in your kitchen!
makes 8- 4 oz. portions
- 16 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 1/2 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup allspice
- 1/2 cup dried orange peel
- 1 cup chopped candied ginger
Layer two to three pieces of cinnamon on the bottom of each jar. In a medium bowl, combine cloves, allspice, dried orange peel and candied ginger. Scoop mixed mulling spices into each jar and fasten with a lid.