Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that wherever this finds you, that your heart is overflowing with gratitude.
Since Mark works today and my bro-and-sis-in-law, Todd and Ashlee, arrive from L.A. tonight, our Thanksgiving won’t be until tomorrow. So, that’s why in the world I have time to post today!
I wanted to share with you a delicious recipe for mulling spices courtesy of my Mom, Carolyn. She originally got it from a Scandinavian store in Norwalk, Connecticut that sadly closed down a few years back. (We’re all beside ourselves now that we no longer have a cardamom bread supplier…but that’s another story.)
My Mom uses this recipe during the holidays to make mulling spices for Swedish Glögg. I can also attest that it’s perfect for hot cider. Not only do the spices add instant-holiday-cheer to your hot drinks, but your entire house will smell divine.
So, stop buying expensive mulling spices at William & Sonoma! Just make your own following this easy, inexpensive, and spicerrific recipe.
For apple cider or Swedish Glögg
A recipe from Carolyn’s Kitchen
- Dried orange peel
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whole Allspice
1. Dry the orange peel ahead of time (at least overnight). You can even put the peel on a cookie sheet in the oven on warm to speed up the process.
2. Gather your ingredients. Prep the peel by breaking it up into smaller pieces and snap your cinnamon sticks into 1 inch pieces.
3. Cut two pieces of cheesecloth into a 5″ square. Stack them one on top of the other.
4. Cluster your ingredients all together on the cheesecloth. (There are no amounts designated because really, you can’t go wrong here! A pinch of this…a dash of that. Play around with your amounts to see what your taste buds prefer.)
5. Gather up the sides of your cheesecloth to form a sachet. Tie it off with kitchen string or a thin piece of cheesecloth.
6. Meanwhile, you can heat up your liquid in a pot on the stove. Bring it to a boil.
7. Once it boils, lower the heat. Drop in your sachet and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving.
8. Pour yourself a cup of spicy goodness. Breathe it in. Take a sip. Repeat. It is now officially the holidays!
These little sachets make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, and family. You can even attach a cinnamon stick and little tag with the ingredients listed so they can make their own!
Happy mulling to all and to all a good night!
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