It’s that time of year again where the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change colors from greens to yellows and reds, and the time to bust out your tea and apple cider! This recipe for mulling spices in a jar is a great gift to neighbors and friends to get them ready for a cozy autumn season. I started my recipe to include all dry ingredients in the jar and just add water, but there are a few deviations at the bottom.
First we need:
2 whole oranges peels dried
1/2 cup broken cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons whole cloves
½ cup of dried or cut ginger
1 cup of dried apple cider mix
6 black pekoe tea bags
empty tea bags or coffee filter
Optional: for added sweetness you can use 4 anise seeds, or anise extract, Stevia, or honey to taste.
Mix all the dry ingredients alone with the orange peels and ginger in a bowl, and place ingredients in small jars as gifts. This makes about two small jars worth of mulling spices. Tie a ribbon around the top, and attach the steeping directions. These ingredients definitely add more of a citrusy taste. If you don’t like that flavor as strong, I would recommend less orange and ginger and a little more cinnamon. You can also throw in nutmeg or allspice if you have some on hand.
Add 3 Tablespoons of mulling spice mix to paper tea bag and let steep in boiling water for 4 minutes. Remove tea bag and enjoy!
If using wine Prep Directions:
2 Cups of red wine
½ cup of sugar
3 TBS of mulling spices in tea bag
Heat on stove till just boiling. Remove and allow to cool.
If you are ambitious and want to prep the tea bags before you give them out, fill as many tea bags with 3 TBS of mix and place in a air tight jar. That way they are ready to go. If you are like me an only have coffee filters they work too.
If you would rather not, or can’t find dry apple cider mix, then mix all the other ingredients in and substitute 1 cup of real apple cider or wine heated on the stove with the bag of mulling spices added until just boiling. You will want to add ½ cup of sugar if you use red wine for the mulling cider. Pour it into a cup and wait for it to cool a bit before drinking.