My new favorite winter treat is mulling spices – a mixture of cinnamon, orange zest, clove and allspice. This comforting blend of spices has been around for many years, but I never appreciated the depth it adds to winter drinks until I tried a free sample at Williams-Sonoma this past week. When brewed with apple cider it intensifies the flavor ten-fold, and you will never want the standard variety again. It gives the drink a spicy bite, which helps bring you back to life after walking around on a cold winter day. I now find any excuse to stop in at Williams-Sonoma, since the samples seem to be free-flowing this time of year. I plan to make my own at home as soon as it’s too cold to go outside for a free sample, and may even try using it to flavor a cake next time I’m feeling adventurous.
Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices
Set of 2 $16.00
Also available at Amazon.com for $4.50/ea.