Thursday, December 13, 2007

Things I Love Today: Mulling

I'm running a little late this holiday season. I have a tree up, but it isn't decorated yet. I haven't baked anything. And I just started on my Christmas cards last night.

It's only in the consumption of spiced and mulled beverages that I've managed to excel so far. Mulled wine, mulled cider, mulled brandy, mulled anything. Here's a couple tips:

Spices: I prefer the Martinelli's mulling spice tea bags for convenience. You can also use chai tea bags in a pinch. For larger quantities, it's best to use loose spices. You can either buy them prepared or combine whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice with some orange peel. I advise against the instant dissolving powdered kind.

Recipes: The basic recipe is pretty easy. Simmer cider, juice or alcohol of your choice with spices until your house smells lovely (about 20 minutes). Or you can get creative: I recently tried an "eskimo kiss" that included hot spiced cider with pomegranate juice. Cranberry juice is supposed to be good mulled too. Hot cider does well with a dash of butterscotch schnapps. An apple toddy also sounds fun.

3 comments:

Jessica said...

Well, at least I don't feel so alone. Naked tree in living room, cold oven, and I sent out most of the cards yesterday.

hyb said...

Cider is such a wonderful tradition! I love the way our house smells after making cider. I agree on the whole spices, and I usually add sliced pears as well. They look great, just sliced into discs. Oh, and also star fruit if I have enough time to let it ripen a bit. I think I'll try the pomegranate one this year!

amber said...

I adore a home with the scent of cider running through it, so cozy and festive.