Yield: Up to 12 servings
The most convenient way to use mulling spices is to place them in a muslin bag, but a tea strainer will work just as well.
Heat a small pot of water, about 4 or 5 cups. Place the bag of mulling spices in water, and simmer for about 15 minutes This step releases the stronger essential oils in the spices and makes for a well rounded flavor profile.
Dump out water and save the bag bag of spices. In a large pot, add the apple cider and bring to a simmer. Lower the temperature so the cider is just simmering with small bubbles. Simmer for up to an hour.
Pour cider into cups and garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick stirrer.
You can also customize this recipe in many ways. Try using pear cider or even white grape juice instead of apple cider. Add lemon or orange peel to the pot for some citrus flavors. Let a vanilla bean steep in the pot for an extra luxurious flavor. Norman apple or pear brandy (calvados) or cognac go really well with this recipe. If you have a twist on the recipe, let us know in the comments below!