Apple Mulling Spice Mix
14 double-layer cheesecloth 5-inch squares
14 10-inch lengths of white string
3 ounces whole cinnamon sticks
6 whole nutmegs
1/3 cup chopped dried orange peel
1/3 cup chopped dried lemon peel
1/4 cup allspice berries
1/4 cup whole cloves
2 tbs finely chopped, crystallized ginger
Place cinnamon sticks and nutmegs into a heavy freezer bag. Hit the spices with the bottom of a small heavy skillet to break them into small pieces. Place in a bowl and stir in orange peel, lemon peels, allspice, cloves, and ginger.
Place about 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture in the center of each cheesecloth square. Tie securely with the string. If giving as a gift, be sure to include the recipe instructions.
Yield: 14 bags apple mulling spice mix (each will spice 3 1/4 cups wine or 1/2 gallon or 8 cups apple cider)
Mulled Wine Recipe Instructions1/2 cup water
1/3 cup white granulated sugar
3-1/4 cups red wine

1 mulling spice bag
Combine water and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add wine and spice bag. Heat very slowly over low heat, only until small bubbles form around the edge and wine is very hot. Do not boil. Discard spice bag and serve hot.
Mulled Apple Cider Recipe Instructions
8 cups apple cider
1 mulling spice bag
Place apple cider in a 3-quart saucepan and add spice bag. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Discard spice bag and serve hot.