When we orignally made our mulling blend, we thought of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life." Jimmy Stewart's angel asked the bartender for a glass of mulled wine, "heavy on the cinnamon, easy on the cloves." He got it exactly right, as too many cloves can overpower the other spices and make the overall flavor somewhat bitter. We made our blend exactly to the angel's instructions!
In addition to hot apple cider, the mulling spices are wonderful to make mulled red wine (use 1 tablespoon per 750 ml bottle) or holiday brandy.
The most convenient way to use the spices are to place them in a muslin bag. Place the bag of spices in water, and simmer for about 15 minutes (you are doing this to release the essential oils in the spices). Dump out water, leaving spice bag in the pot, and add the apple cider. Heat until cider is hot. Pour cider into cups and garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick stirrer. The spicy flavor will increase the longer it sits.
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