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
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.