Baking Spice Blends: Russian Mulling Spice


Russian Mulling Spice

Originally meant for warm cider, tea, or wine, this blend is a terrific substitute for sugar while baking.  Dust apple slices with it and microwave a few short minutes for quick baked apples.

Ingredients:   Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Coriander, and Special Pure Orange Extract (alcohol, water, & orange oil).


Once upon a time, nestled along the banks of the Potomac in Virginia, there was the most wonderful Russian Restaurant.  It was complete with Samovar and your choice of 57 different Vodkas.  After dinner, if you were lucky, they would serve you Georgian tea, which was very sweet and orangy.  When we concocted our mulling spices, we thought of that tea.  Although, you are far from limited to using this only in tea.  We sprinkle it on apples, toast, warm cider, etc. It is also really wonderful with an orange spice tea.


Recipes for our Russian Mulling Spice.


  • ½ cup chopped apples         
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried cherries       
  • ½ cup chopped pears
  • 2 tbsp mayo   
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese,  shredded

Mix all ingredients and allow to sit at least ½ hour prior to serving. Garnish with fresh mint. Feel free to substitute cheese and cherries.



  • 1 tsp Russian Mulling Spice
  • 1/3 cup whipped cream or yogurt

Blend thoroughly.  Best when left to sit 1 hour before enjoying.


  Russian Mulling Spice Recipes

Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini

Baking Spice Blends: Coffee & Chocolate Spice

 coffee and chocolate spice

Meant to be sprinkled  atop coffee or warm or cold milk.  Add a tsp to coffee grounds prior to brewing for a flavored coffee.  Use as little or as much as you like.  Don’t stop there!  Include it in your baking.  Add it to your baked goods or try a pinch in your  pancake and french toast batter for unforgettable breakfasts.

Ingredients:  Dutch processed cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Cane Sugar, Orange Extract (alcohol, water, and orange oil), and vanilla extract (vanilla, water, propylene glycol, and caramel color). 


The idea for this came from a café nestled in a coastal town outside the island of Mount St. Michael, which is situated along the Cornish coast of England. It was morning and we ordered coffee and milk with our scones.  The proprietor served our breakfast with a small bowl of spice and urged us to mix it in our drinks, a custom he brought from his home in the French Alps. The taste of this potion reminded us of something that would warm one’s body and soul on those cold days when we all dream of sitting near a fire with a nice warm drink to ward off the dampness.  Something the inhabitants of the island must have had to do often as it is only possible to cross over when a land bridge appears in tide or by way of a treacherous boat ride. 


Recipes for our Coffee & Chocolate Spice.


  • 2 scoops Coffee Ice Cream
  • Ginger ale

In a tall glass, add coffee ice cream and COFFEE & CHOCOLATE SPICE.  Then  top off with Ginger ale.  You should now have a foamy ice cream soda.  


  • 1 tsp Coffee & Chocolate Spice
  • 1/3 cup whipped cream or yogurt

Blend thoroughly.  Best when left to sit 1 hour before enjoying.


More recipes for this spice:

Coffee and Chocolate Spice

Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini