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Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

5 ways to use mulling spice this fall holiday season

Photo by Emily Abdinor

There's nothing quite as festive in the fall as walking into a home that smells of apples and spices. You could achieve this feeling by making an apple pie. Or you could do what I do and put a pot of mulling spices on the stove!

Mulling spices are quite versatile in the kitchen and around the home. And in case you don't believe me, here are 5 ways to use mulling spices to spice up your life this fall.

1. Mulled Wine or Apple Cider

The most traditional way to use mulling spices is for mulled wine and/or apple cider. Apple cider is great for the kids and mulled wine is a festive treat for adults. I have fond memories of taking mugs of warm apple cider out while caroling and looking at the Christmas lights.

To make mulled wine, combine 4 cups apple cider, 1 bottle of red wine, 1/4 cup honey, and mulling spices in a large saucepan, and simmer over low heat for at least 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, and garnish with an orange peel or cinnamon stick. This can also be made in a slow cooker. If you're feeling extra festive, you can spike the mulled wine with some brandy, bourbon or amaro. 

To make mulled cider, simply add your mulling spice to about 6 cups of apple cider and simmer on the stove for 1 hour or in a slow cooker for 4 hours.

Pro Tip: The best apple cider, Apple-A-Day cider from Ratzlaff Ranch, is available at the Davis Farmers Market and Nugget markets. 

Mulling spices from The Allspicery

Photo by Emily Abdinor

2. Simple Syrup For Coffee and Cocktails

I'm not usually a fan of flavored coffee drinks or too sweet cocktails, but the nice thing about making them at home is that you can control the sweetness. While I really want to like the Holiday Spice Flat White at Starbucks, it's just always way too sweet (and one time I asked for 1/2 spice and they gave me 1.5x the spice and I almost puked, so I'm not going to try to mix fractions and Starbucks ever again). So as a festive alternative, I like to make some simple syrup at home infused with mulling spices. I can then use the simple syrup to lightly sweeten my coffee at home or to make a mean holiday cocktail. It's killer in an Old Fashioned.

To make a mulling spice simple syrup, simmer mulling spices in a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water for 30-40 minutes and then strain. And add to your tea or coffee (or cocktail) in lieu of normal sweetener. The mulled-spice syrup will last in your fridge for about a month. 

Allspicery Mulling Spices for the Fall Season

Photo by Emily Abdinor

3. Spiced London Fog/Winter Chai Tea

Back in college I didn't like to drink more than 1 cup of coffee a day (my how times have changed) so I'd often order a tea latte. I later came to learn that this is also sometimes referred to as a London Fog. Now the London Fog/tea latte is quite similar to another non-coffee drink of choice, the Chai Latte. Both of these drinks are warm, cozy and utilize tea, and you can easily add a holiday spin to both of these drinks with the addition of some mulling spices. 

To create a Spiced London Fog/Winter Chai Tea, steep black tea and mulling spices for five minutes in hot water, then strain/remove the tea and spices. (Note we prefer loose leaf tea from the Allspicery since you have to strain out the mulling spices anyways). Add a half cup of steamed milk to the tea. Add a half teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pump of vanilla syrup. Sit back and enjoy the hygge.

4. Spiced Pancakes and Waffles

What's better than banana pancakes? Holiday spice pancakes! I add a holiday spin to my pancakes or waffles by adding a bit of pumpkin pie or apple pie spice to the batter. And to really give it some festive flavor, I drizzle holiday syrup on top!

To create a flavorful festive syrup, simmer mulling spices in 1 1/2 cups maple syrup for about fifteen minutes, then remove spices. Drizzle over pancakes, waffles or even vanilla ice cream.

Cozy Home for the Fall, Mulling Spices, Apple and Clove

Photo by Emily Abdinor

5. Make Your House Smell Amazing!

One of my very favorite ways to use mulling spices is to simmer it on the stove and let the cozy holiday aroma waft throughout the house! Little professional secret, when I worked at Williams Sonoma in school, we'd do this in the stores (hence why they always smelled so amazing during the holidays).

Pro Tip: keep an eye on the water level because it will eventually evaporate off, leaving you with a sticky burnt mess (or so I've been told, wink wink). 

Mulling spices are available in our fall Harvest Box and at the Allspicery shop located in Sacramento.

Fall seasonal Harvest Gift Box

Photos by Emily Abdinor Photography

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1 comment

  • The tea recipe sounds delicious!!!

    Lisa Jourdan

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