Just about time for the warmth of mulled spiced beverages. These recipes will delight your family and guests while creating wonderful aromas in your home. Mulled spiced beverages, which were popular with early American colonists, have become part of our American holiday traditions. It’s easy to include these festive drinks in your fall and winter gatherings — or savor them on ordinary weekdays. Seek Lavender enhances this blend with its sweet delicate flavor.
Mulled Spiced Cider
This simple recipe takes only minutes to assemble. Your family will be sipping a warm-your-toes drink in 30 minutes or let steep longer to enhance flavor
8 cups apple cider or apple juice
1 cup Mulling Spice Blend
In a large, nonreactive pot, combine cider (or apple juice) and Seek Lavender Mulling Spice Blend. Cover and bring to a simmer. Remove cover and reduce to low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes minimum, longer is better! Carefully ladle into mugs. Makes 8 servings.
Mulled Red Wine
This recipe is inspired by Glogg, a traditional Scandinavian drink. It’s particularly flavorful because of cardamom, a fragrant spice frequently found in Scandinavian baking.
In a large, nonreactive pot, combine one bottle of medium or full-bodied red wine, such as Merlot, with 1/2 cup Seek Lavender Mulling Spice Blend. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 6 crushed cardamom pods or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup blanched almonds. Cover and bring to a simmer. Uncover and reduce to low heat, occasionally stirring. Simmer for at least 20 minutes until spices infuse the wine and the raisins plump. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Serve warm in mugs in 1/2 cup portions. Makes at least 4 servings.
Our lavender mulling spices are available in our online store and The Little House at Seek Lavender!
-Neil & Mary