mulling spices for hot apple cider

Homemade Mulling Spices

This year family members will receive a gift of homemade mulling spices in hand-crafted tea bags paired with apple cider.

Here is the simple recipe:

  • 2 inches of cinnamon stick (not that found in the craft store – see spices in grocery store)
  • 4 cardamon pods
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange zest

Combine all in a heavy-duty, plastic, zip close bag. Crush the spices with a mallet or heavy object. Divide the spices evenly between 6 ready-to-fill tea bags or sachets. Store in an airtight container, and include the recipe for using in hot cider.


  • The recipe says it will fill 6 tea bags. I did not find that to be the case. Being a tea drinker, I believe this recipe only makes enough for 4 tea bags.
  • Dried orange peel is the equivalent of dried orange zest.
  • I used one whole anise star – I did not break pods off of stars.
  • I made my own tea bags, which you can do too. The instructions are below.

Make Tea Bags Using Coffee Filters

Use coffee filters to make tea bagsDIY tea bags for mulling spices

I used Melitta filters to construct the tea bags because they provided two sides that were already seamed. Per my notes above, one recipe for the mulling spices equals 4 servings. I equally divided servings between whole Melitta filters, made sure the spices filled the bottom of the filters, and then I ran a straight stitch above the pockets holding the ingredients. I trimmed excess filter fiber away using pinking shears.

Packaging the Mulling Spices

I placed 8 tea bags in quart-size, zip freezer bags (the number of tea bags was determined by the number of 8 oz. servings per jug of cider). I then made a tag (which I’ve included here for you) with instructions for making mulled apple cider. I’ve taste tested this combination and I give it two thumbs up.

Button to download bag labelMake Mulling Spices


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