Mulling Spices – Easy Cocktail Spice Mix

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Mulling Spices
Mulling Spices

What Are The Best Spices For Mulling?

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

What Are The Right Amount Of Mulling Spices?

Think Christmas or Indian spices, or something like chai tea. Don’t put all of those in, though. You want to pick 4 or 5 tops; otherwise, the spices overwhelm the drink. Almost all mulling spices I’ve ever seen have cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peels. Not that you have to stick to that, but those three are almost always used. Pick one more item to add or two if you’re feeling crazy. Word of caution, do not add too much spice. It’s straightforward to toss in a bit too much. How much is reasonable? Very little. Alcohol effectively extracts oils and emulsifies fats (hence why wine is commonly used to deglaze a pan). As a result, what will feel like too few spices is the right amount since more of the oils locked inside are being extracted.


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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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