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December 12, 2012

Mulling is a centuries-old practice

-by Debra Anchors

Hot mulled cider
Here We Go A' Wassailing is a song which references wassail, a traditional holiday beverage featuring mulling spices. 

Mulling spices are wonderful to have on hand for those winter evenings when the family gathers around the fire.  Mix 2 cups dried orange peel, 2 cups broken cinnamon sticks, 1-cup whole allspice berries, 1-cup whole cloves, and 4 broken star anise.  Store the mixture in a closed jar.  

To use:  Mix ¼ cup of the spices per gallon of wine, cider, or apple juice.  Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot in mugs with cinnamon stick stir-sticks, or fill a punch bowl and garnish with orange slices.  The zesty aroma is a charming additional benefit.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi :D "Among the leaves so green" I think that is some of the words to Wassail song. The recipe sounds yummy especially on a cool day. Christmas Cheer :D
    Kula May


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