Mulling spices - please explain :-)
One popular winter tradition is the creation of hot mulled beverages to enjoy on cold nights. Mulling is a centuries-old practice in which various spices and fruit essences are infused into heated juices esp. apple juice, wines, ciders or brandies. The ingredients used in this infusion are known as mulling spices. The recipes for using these spices may vary somewhat, but in general they include allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and various dried fruit peels.
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There are a number of different methods in which mulling spices are infused into the chosen beverage. Some are gathered together into a cheesecloth bag and placed directly into the simmering wine, cider or fruit juice. The essences of the spices create a complex undertone of spicy and citrus flavors which complement the basic fruit elements of the mulled beverage. Once the cheesecloth bag has been removed, the mulled beverage can be served to guests.I love mulling spices with hot apple juice in winter. Try it you will love it!
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