If you’re like me and enjoy hot, spicy drinks in front of the fire during the winter, you have got to try mulled wine and or mulled cider. Because really, what’s better than a hot spicy drink? A hot spicy, ALCOHOLIC drink.
All you have to do it add a sachet of spices to some wine/cider, and throw it in a crock pot for a few hours. And mulling spices make an excellent Christmas/hostess gift, especially paired with a nice bottle of wine. It’s like sangria for winter! Also, mulling spices take a few minutes to make, and are really cheap.
Take a lemon zester or a micro grater and peel off the zest (outer part of the rind) of the lemon and the orange. Let it sit overnight until it dries, then crush it with your fingers into small pieces.
Step 2: Smash the cinnamon
Smash the cinnamon into small-ish pieces. My favourite, highly technical method is to just leave it in the package and smash it with a rolling pin.
Step 3: Mix all the things!
Mix all the stuff together. That’s all.
You can put everything into a mason jar, or a plastic bag, but you want to seal them in something so they keep their spiciness. You make mulled wine/cider the same was as loose tea – you put some spice in an infuser, or sachet, and let it cook for a while so the spices can slowly infuse. You can include a large tea ball with it if you’re giving it as a gift.
Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit.
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