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Mulling Spices

Mulling SpicesMy 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.


Jessica \ says on December 5th, 2005 at 11:59 pm:

My goodness, we do lead parallel lives! I was just at Williams & Sonoma on Sat. and had the mulling spices, as well as the hot chocolate and espresso. They were good, but I figured I could make them at home for much cheaper.

Nahal says on December 6th, 2005 at 3:10 pm:

Interesting….i think i may get this for my Boss and co-workers for the holidays! cant wait to try it myself

Kelli says on December 6th, 2005 at 8:43 pm:

How funny! I wonder if we have ever walked right by eachother without knowing it.

I was thinking of making my own too which is why I haven’t broken down and bought any yet. I did try a hot caramel apple-cider (on special at gourmet garage) yesterday and it was just so boring without those extra spices.

Jessica says on December 6th, 2005 at 10:55 pm:

Hmm, what do you look like?

Actually, I had some hot apple cider today (my office had tons of cookies, drinks and carolers to celebrate the holiday season) and thought the same thing. Didn’t taste so good.

My favorite place to get spices is Sahadi’s in Brooklyn. I bought 2 oz. of freshly ground cinnamoon for $1! Much better than McCormick’s.

Kristin says on December 9th, 2005 at 12:35 am:

That store also has some yummy bark chocolate dessert thing that is very yummy!

Lindsey says on December 14th, 2005 at 12:19 pm:

We used the W&S mulling spices this weekend and we also added rum to our cider. Definitely tasty. But I would also like to try making my own spices since I have some really nice whole cloves. Does anyone have a good recipe?

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