Cranberry Snyder Cider Mulling Spices
Cranberry Snyder Cider Spices (mulling spices) can turn a simple jug of robust red wine or apple cider into a tasty culinary delight!
Are you looking for a flavorful, warm drink for the chilly winter evenings? Cranberry Snyder Cider Spices can easily turn a jug of a full bodied red wine, apple cider or even cranberry apple juice into a tasty culinary delight!
Let’s answer a couple of questions first before I get into the recipe part!
What Does Mulling Mean?
Do the spices have a decision to make and they are pondering over it? Well, no. In culinary terms, to mull means to heat, sweeten and flavor with spices. The only decision the mulling spices need to make is what type of liquid they are going to be flavoring!
Why Mulling Spices and Not Mulling Herbs?
Herbs and spices both originate from plants. The difference is in what part of the plant they come from. The green, leafy part of the plant is the herb. A spice comes from the root, stem, seed, fruit, flower or bark of the tree or plant.
Herbs can be used either fresh or dried. Herbs can be less aromatic than spices. Spices are generally more aromatic and used in their dried form. Since spices are most often used in their dried form, they are longer lasting. Given that the grinding process exposes the spice to oxygen, whole spices can be stored for the longest period. Fresh herbs have the shortest shelf live while ground spices and dried herbs can be kept longer than their fresh counterpart.
Fresh herbs are often delicate. The heating process of making the Mulled beverage would greatly diminish the flavor of the fresh herb. The spices can better withstand the heating process. In fact, the heating process helps release the flavor of the spices .
What Types of Liquids are best to use with the Mulling Spices?
This delicious blend of spices can be used to flavor apple cider, cranberry juice or red wine. If you are going to make Mulled Wine, you will want to choose a full bodied red wine such as a Syrah . A delicate red wine such as a pinot noir is going to be overwhelmed with the flavors from the mulling spices.
For a non-alcoholic version, any type of apple cider, cranberry juice, apple juice or a cran-apple juice can be used.
Cranberry Snyder Cider Mulling Spices
- 3 small cinnamon sticks broken in half
- 2 tsp whole allspice
- few pieces of dried orange peel
- 3 -4 whole star anise
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
- Mix cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, dried orange peel, dried cranberries and the star anise together and place in the muslin bag. Tie the drawstring securely. A square of cheesecloth or even a coffee filter can be used in place of the drawstring bag. Use twine to securely tie the cheesecloth or coffee filter into a bundle.
- Bring two quarts of liquid* to a simmer, add the tied drawstring bundle of spices to the liquid and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve warm in mugs.
- *cider, apple juice, cranberry juice or a robust red wine
- A long cinnamon stick makes a great stirrer for your Cranberry Snyder Cider Spice infused warm beverage.
- The ingredients listed are for 1 bundle. Simply multiply the amounts by the 2 if you are wanting to make two bundles.
- After you have used the bag to make Spiced cider or mulled wine, you can re use the muslin bag. Simply empty the bag, wash with mild soap and allow to dry. Then the bag is ready to be used again. If you are planning to re use your muslin bags, avoid tied the string in a knot. Simply tie the bag securely.
- If you don't have muslin bags or cheesecloth squares, you can place the spices in the center of a coffee filter. Twist the coffee filter into a small bundle. Use twine to securely tie the coffee filter.
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