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. The most popular mixes include spices like Cinnamon, Star Anise and cloves. Also included are orange and lemon peel.
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.
Quick Find Contents
- 1 Traditional Mulled Wine Spices & Mix
- 2 Alternative Spices for Making Mulled Wine
- 3 Ready Prepared Spices for Easy to Make Mulled Wine
Traditional Mulled Wine Spices & 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, my 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 Start 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 there are some very good ready made mixes on the market.
Country House Spice Mix Bringing the Richness of History to Life
- Highly praised by the people who have bought it
- A traditional country house mix
- Easy to make
- Makes between 5 to 10 bottles of Wine depending on how strong you want your spice mix.
The Ingredients and Spices in the Country house Mix are:
Lemon Peel, Cloves, Orange Peel, Aniseed, Fennel, Cinnamon
This is a traditional spice mix that they would have had in the large country homes at Christmas. You can imagine standing around the tree or large open fire in fine evening wear drinking this warming wine.
Enjoy this Aromatic Warming Spiced Mulled Wine on a Chilly Winters Day
- Free from preserves
- 100% natural
- Traditional flavours
The Ingredients and Spices Included in this 60g Spice Pack are:
Kibbled ginger, cloves, orange slices, lemon peel, juniper berries, Star anise, orange peel and cinnamon quills.
This mixture contains traditional flavours and spices and is fantastic for Christmas and for Christmas presents when combined in a small hamper or with other items.
It makes about 2 bottles of mulled wine.
Because it is 100% natural and preservative free it is a little more expensive than other brands.
For Something a Little Different Try Austrian Gluewein Mulled Wine
- Traditional Mulled wine/Gluhwein flavours
- Makes a lot of bottles of wine
- Great flavours
- Makes great gifts
Traditional ingredients, individual items not mentioned
Two traditional sacks both tied and each one containing 5 pouches of muslin spices ready to make your wine.
These make beautiful gifts and are really lovely to look at and taste great too. A simple wicker basket two bottles of wine and these would look fantastic.