How to Make Mulled Cider or Wine

Mulled beverages are simply the best around the holidays. When the air turns crisp and heat gives way to autumn, it’s the perfect time to mull your cider or wine and cozy up indoors.  

What does “mulled” mean? 

“Mulled” is simply a deep steep, in which you simmer spices to draw out their full flavors. (Think of the phrase “to mull over” something, when you ponder or ruminate!)

Mulling spices generally include cinnamon, clove, ginger, and allspice, and may also include more exotic flavors like star anise, orange, pepper, or cardamom.

How do I mull cider or wine? 

Simply pick out your spices, or use a mulling spice blend, and add them with your cider or red wine to a big ol’ pot and simmer for 20 minutes. You can also use a crockpot, which will take about 2 hours on low. You need about 1 tablespoon of spices per quart of cider or bottle of wine. 4 tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) makes 1 gallon. 

And lastly, don’t forget the garnish! Some great options to garnish each glass include orange slices, cinnamon sticks, thyme sprigs or cranberries. 

If you don’t want to put together your own mulling spices, we offer our own gourmet blend called Wassail, which makes it easy to brew up a batch anytime you like. 

The name Wassail, if you are curious, comes from an old pagan custom, which you may know from this traditional yuletide song:

Here we come a-Wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wandering,
So fairly to be seen.
Here we come a wandering
So fairly to be seen.
Love and joy come to you!
And to you a Wassail too!
God bless you and send you
A Happy New Year
God send you a Happy New Year!