Mulling Spices | Balancing Flavors

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The Best Spices For Mulling

Mulling spices can really be whatever you want them to be. There is no real set recipe, just a group of ingredients to select from that will give you the flavor profiles you want out of your mulled drink. Are you looking to make it more dry and spicy or are you looking for more herbal flavors? Your standard mulling spices are:

  1. All Spice Berries
  2. Cloves
  3. Cinnamon Stick
  4. Orange Peels
  5. Star Anise
  6. Coriander Seeds
  7. Ginger
  8. Cardamom
  9. Black Peppercorns

The Right Amount Of Mulling Spices

Think Christmas or Indian spices, or something like a chai tea. Don’t put all of those in though. You just want to pick 4 or 5 tops otherwise the spices completely overwhelm the drink. Almost all mulling spices I’ve ever seen though always have cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peels. Not that you have to stick to that but those 3 are almost always used. Pick 1 more item to add or 2 if you’re feeling crazy. Word of caution, DO NOT ADD TOO spice. It’s very easy to toss in a bit too much. How much is good? Actually Very little. Alcohol is very effective at extracting oils and emulsifying fats (hence why wine is commonly used to deglaze a pan) and as a result what will feel like a small amount of spice is actually the right amount, since more of the oils locked in side are being extracted.


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Mulling Spices | Balancing Flavors

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A list of common mulling spices. Only pick 4 or 5 spices from this list. Using all the listed spices would be overwhelming.


  • 3-4 whole All Spice Berries

  • 4-5 whole Cloves

  • 1 stick Cinnamon Stick

  • 2 peels Orange Peels

  • 1-2 whole Star Anise

  • 5-6 whole Coriander Seeds

  • 1 small chunk Ginger

  • 2-3 whole Cardamom Pods

  • 5-6 whole Black Peppercorns


  • Select 4 or 5 of the above spices depending on the flavors you want to infuse into your drink.
  • Use the suggested amounts listed above to avoid overwhelming the drink. A little goes a long way.

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