Apple Cider Spice Mix

This recipe for homemade Apple Cider Spice Mix is a close as I’ve come to my favorite commercial instant spiced apple cider mix.

Apple cider spice mix in a mason jar with a glass mug of apple cider next to it.

Easy to make with just a few ingredients that I’m betting you already have in your pantry.

Add this instant mulling mix recipe of tangerine-infused brown sugar and spices to apple cider, wine, coffee, or tea for a delicious hot winter beverage.

Makes cold days and nights warm and comforting!

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Apple Cider Spice Mix - brown sugar infused with orange zest

How to Make Apple Cider Spice Mix

The first thing you do is infuse the brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of tangerine zest for at least 12 hours.

Place the brown sugar in an air-tight bowl or container add the tangerine zest, cover and let it sit for about 12 hours. I usually do it overnight.

I do this for our Holiday Spice Flat White too, it makes a huge difference.

Apple Cider Spice Mix - closeup of the spice mix in a mason jar with a glass mug of hot apple cider next to it

In a medium-size bowl mix the tangerine sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, mace, and nutmeg.

Whisk to combine.

Store in air-tight containers.

Apple Cider Spice Mix - closeup of the spice mix in a mason jar with a glass mug of hot apple cider next to it

Heat the apple cider until hot and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the spice mix. Stir to dissolve.

Viola! Instant mulled cider.

Apple Cider Spice Mix - closeup of the spice mix in a mason jar with a glass mug of hot apple cider next to it

This homemade spice mix makes a wonderful gift basket! Just add a bottle of apple cider or a bottle of red wine such as Syrah or Malbec. Makes a tasty mulled wine!

Or a couple of fun winter mugs, some cinnamon sticks tied together with a fun ribbon. Mix it up!

Check out our Spice Apple Cider Biscotti Recipe.

Apple Cider Spice Mix Recipe

Apple cider spice mix in a mason jar with a glass mug of apple cider next to it.

Apple Cider Spice Mix Recipe

Apple Cider Spice Mix – Add this instant mulling mix recipe of tangerine infused brown sugar and spices to apple cider, wine, coffee, or tea for a delicious hot winter beverage. Makes cold days and nights warm and comforting!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cider, mix, spice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 12 hours
Servings: 48
Calories: 36kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tangerine zest (about 3 tangerines)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  • In an air-tight container mix the tangerine zest with the brown sugar. Cover and let sit at least 12 hours up to overnight.
    2 cups brown sugar, 2 tablespoons tangerine zest
  • In a medium-size bowl add the tangerine brown sugar and spices. Whisk together and store in an air-tight jar.
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground mace, 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

To Prepare Spiced Apple Cider

  • 1 cup apple cider
    1-2 teaspoons spice mix (depending on your taste)
    Heat the apple cider until hot. Stir in 1 – 2 teaspoons of spice mix and stir until dissolved. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Notes

This makes 2 cups. Which breaks down into 96 teaspoons. Calories will depend on how much you use per cup of beverage and the type of beverage. For the nutritional label, I used 2 teaspoons of mix only. Type of beverage NOT INCLUDED in the nutritional facts. 
Storing – Store in air-tight containers or jars for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 Comments

  1. I think this is the recipe I’ve been looking for- except I would delete star anise , nutmeg and mace. Made batch up in 2019 ; wanted to duplicate except nutmeg/ mace repulses me and anise does make me physically sick. But I did remember 2019 contained brown sugar.

  2. I had a difficult time finding tangerines, and when I did they were overpriced and not very good. I wonder if I could substitute zest from a navel orange or perhaps clementines?5 stars

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