*Mulled Apple Cider: Add about 2 tablespoons of mulling spices per 1/2 gallon of apple cider. Pour fresh apple cider in a crock pot or a heavy bottom pan and set on medium-high heat. Place your mulling spices in a fabric bag (or just strain them out later)and toss it into your pot. Stir occasionally. Heat the cider until it is hot and flavorful; then set the temperature on warm.
Serve in a mug,
Optional: Garnish the pot with apple and orange slices. garnish cup with a cinnamon stick before serving.
*Mulled Wine: Combine 750 ml bottle of dry red wine, 1/3 cup honey or sugar, and 2 Tablespoons of Mulling Spices (use a pouch or strain after) in a crock pot or heavy bottom pan. Warm over low heat for about 20 minutes (30-60 minutes if using a crock pot), stirring once in a while to make sure the sweetener is dissolved. Ladle the liquid into mugs, discarding the spice pouch.
*Mulling spices can be ground and used in place of spices in baking.
*As a substitute for pumpkin pie or apple pie spice.
*Add the ground spice mix to your pancake or waffle batter for a special breakfast or make a spicy sweet topping by placing two tablespoons mulling spices in a cheesecloth or tea infuser and add to 1 1/2 cups maple syrup or honey in a saucepan. Simmer on low for about five minutes, then cover and place in the fridge for 24 hours before discarding spices.
*Put the ground spice in your tea or coffee for an extra flavor kick
*Other ideas: Grind the spices and put in ice cream, rice pudding, pumpkin spice shortbread cookies, crumb cake