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Merry Mulling Mix


Infuse some extra spice into your holiday drinks with Texas Oncology’s fruit and spice blend. Merry Mulling Mix features aromatic and wholesome ingredients for a healthy, soothing sip of indulgence.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 50 to 60 minutes total

Yield: 20 packets

  • 4 large oranges, rinsed and dried
  • 4 whole nutmeg
  • 4 oz. cinnamon sticks (about 16 large)
  • 1/4 cup each: whole allspice and whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 300°F. Cut away just the bright orange part of the peel with a small sharp knife, then cut into 1/4-inch wide strips. Place on a large baking sheet and cook for about 30 minutes or until very dry. Place nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves in a gallon-size freezer bag; fold over top. Place on a dishtowel and pound with a meat mallet. Add dried orange peel, cranberries and ginger to bag and mix well. Place about 1/3 cup into individual packets such as loose tea bags or cheesecloth squares. Tie tightly with kitchen string to enclose. Simmer 1 mulling spice packet in 1 quart of apple cider for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the desired strength.