That aromatic smell of traditional mulled wine spices draws out the warmth of the heated wine and mingles creating that glowing warm feel that is great on winter days.
The spices for mulled wine back centuries and are a tradition used in mulled wines even today. There are a few variations and different combinations, but there is little change on what seems to make for the perfect mulled wine spice mix.
The main spices used are either hot and spicy or zesty in flavour and combine well together. One of our most favourite combinations include spices like Cinnamon, Star Anise and Cloves. Of course, if you are making from fresh ingredients you can also add fresh lemons and oranges and full cinnamon sticks. If however, you are making your mulled wine from a pre-mixed spice these will of course, all be dried.
Traditional Mulled Wine Spices and Mix
Cinnamon spicy yet sweet woody flavour due to the cinnamon being taken from the inner bark of the trees, genus Cinnamomum
Star Anise is a fruit that comes from an oriental tree and has a strong anise flavour
Cloves have a warm sweet flavour are antioxidant and are from a tree called Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum (ref Wikipedia)
Lemon Peel gives that bitter zesty taste
Orange Peel for that tangy warmed orange taste
Aniseed, our all time favourite and comes from a plant (Apiaceae from SW Asia and the Med. It also tastes similar to anise and fennel
Alternative Spices for Making Mulled Wine
Fennel seeds make a great alternative to Star Anise or Aniseed as they taste very similar to them.
Ginger is great because it’s flavour is both spicy and sharp
Whole green cardamom pods are citrusy ad spicy in flavour
Vanilla pods, halved down the centre to expose the seeds have a lovely aroma and a woody taste
Ready Prepared Spices for Easy to Make Mulled Wine
If you don’t want to make your mulled wine spices mix from scratch then we stock some very good ready made mixes, just pop in and one of our elves will guide you : )