I will miss the summer months with all the crazy fun activities that my family and I have enjoyed; but, on the other hand, I am looking forward to some chilly days with a cup of mulled wine.
Mulling is another way of saying to heat, sweeten, and flavor with spices as in mulled wine or cider. As far as I know, the concept of mulling began in Europe. They would combine certain spices in their drink recipes to spice things up a bit. What is a typical mulling spice blend today would be a combination of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, cardamom, perhaps a bit of orange citrus peel, or on occasion, a dash of peppercorn, or star anise. I have heard that back in the good old days some recipes even added raisins to the mixture.
I actually love this method of mulling spices especially for hot beverages; its the perfect way to usher in the fall and winter seasons. Another great way to spice up beverages is with an apple cider spice. The intoxicating aromas of these spices fills the air with a festive fragrance which means that the holidays are upon us, and what better way to enjoy this time than with a mug of mulled wine or hot apple cider.
There are few ways that most people have prepared mulling spices and one of them is by making their own blend or using a pre-made blend of spices. Alternatively, you can buy a bouquet garni bag and fill it with your spices or wrap up the spices in a triple layer of cheesecloth and twine. The truth of the matter is, there is no rule-of-thumb or true formula in making your own mulled spice blend. But at Whole Spice we have developed a mulling spice blend combining traditional spices of: Allspice, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. We have even added a bonus of our own apple cider spice made with allspice, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.
Our Mulling Spice Mix is not only perfect with robust red wines, like cabernets and port wine, but you can also use it for spicing up stewed pears and apples. And right now is a great time to buy a bag of apples for stewing to make homemade apple cider with our Apple Cider Spice mix -- just add a splash of brandy (or not) and your good to go!
For now, I plan on enjoying a mug of hot apple cider and preparing some Halloween treats for my kids. But I would like to leave you with these two delightful recipes for making mulled wine and apple cider:
Mulling Wine click link
Apple Cider click link