Make Your Own: Samhain Cordial with our Open-Heart Mulling Spice

Make Your Own: Samhain Cordial with our Open-Heart Mulling Spice

Amanda Furbee

As we enter the season of Samhain, why not celebrate with a special seasonal cordial? This Open-Heart Mulling Spice Cordial is a flavorful and easy-to-make recipe that's perfect for any fall gathering. Bursting with warming spices and fragrant notes, this Samhain cordial is sure to open your heart to the flavors of autumn. Enjoy this cordial as an after-dinner digestif or share it with friends and family for a cozy evening treat. 

The Significance of Samhain

Samhain, pronounced "sow-in," is a Gaelic festival that marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It is a time of great significance in many pagan and Wiccan traditions, as it is believed to be a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is at its thinnest. During Samhain, it is believed that the spirits of loved ones who have passed on can visit the earthly realm, and it is a time to honor and remember them.

In ancient times, Samhain was celebrated with bonfires and feasting, and people would dress in costumes and wear masks to ward off any malevolent spirits that may be wandering the Earth. It was a time for community, as people would come together to celebrate and honor their ancestors.

At The Herb Shoppe, we embrace the spirit of Samhain and the deeper meaning behind this ancient festival. We believe that it is a time for reflection, introspection, and connecting with our spiritual selves. It is a time to slow down, turn inward, and appreciate the cycles of nature and the changing seasons.

Our Open-Heart Mulling Spice Cordial is a perfect way to honor the spirit of Samhain. With its warm spices and fragrant notes, it captures the essence of this magical time of year. As you sip this delicious cordial, take a moment to reflect on the significance of Samhain and the connections between the physical and spiritual realms. Let it open your heart to the flavors of autumn and the beauty of this season.

Stay tuned for more sections in this blog post, where we will explore the warm flavors of fall, introduce the cordial recipe, discuss the health benefits of the ingredients, and learn about how this cordial can help you honor Samhain. 

Exploring the Warm Flavors of Fall

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, we find ourselves drawn to the warm and comforting flavors of fall. At The Herb Shoppe, we believe in the power of herbs and spices to enhance our connection to the changing seasons. That's why we're thrilled to explore the warm flavors of fall in this section of the blog post.

Fall is a season of abundance, with bountiful harvests and an array of flavors to indulge in. From the earthy sweetness of pumpkins and apples to aromatic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, fall is a feast for the senses. These flavors not only provide a delightful taste experience but also offer a wealth of health benefits.

Cinnamon, for example, is known for its warming properties and ability to improve digestion. It can also help balance blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation in the body. Nutmeg, another popular fall spice, is rich in antioxidants and has been used in traditional medicine to promote sleep and aid digestion. Cloves, with their distinctive aroma, are believed to have antimicrobial and analgesic properties.

When combined, these warm spices create a symphony of flavors that evoke feelings of comfort, nostalgia, and warmth. They transform simple dishes into soul-soothing delights that make us appreciate the magic of fall.

Our Open Heart Mulling Spice blend combines classic mulling spices with gentle hawthorn berries to keep you warm and smiling throughout these cooler months. You can add Open Heart Mulling Spice to wine, cider, and cocktails or make it as a tea for a heart-centered beverage you can sip all season long. 

Open-Heart Mulling Spice Ingredients: Cinnamon Chips, Allspice Berries, Clove Bud, Cardamom Pods, Hawthorn Berry, Star Anise Pods, Ginger Root, Orange Peel, Black Peppercorns.

In the next sections of this blog post, we will introduce the cordial recipe, explore the health benefits of its ingredients, and dive deeper into how enjoying this cordial can help you honor Samhain. So, grab your favorite fall beverage, cozy up by the fire, and let's dive into the world of warm flavors together.

Recipe for the Samhain Cordial with our Open-Heart Mulling Spice:

Get ready to indulge in the warm and inviting flavors of fall using our recipe to create your own Samhain Cordial with our Open-Heart Mulling Spice. This delightful cordial is the perfect way to embrace the spirit of Samhain and celebrate the changing seasons.

To create this aromatic and flavorful cordial, you'll need a few simple ingredients. Start with a base of your favorite red wine such as a rich and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon, The Herb Shoppe's Open Heart Muling Spice blend, fresh or dried figs, currants, and oranges. These spices will infuse the wine with their fragrant notes, creating a delightful and comforting flavor profile.

To sweeten the cordial and enhance the richness of the spices, we recommend using honey or maple syrup. These natural sweeteners add a touch of sweetness without overpowering the other flavors. Lastly, a splash of orange juice and a zest of orange peel will add a bright and citrusy twist to the cordial, balancing out the richness of the wine and spices.

Here’s what you will need: 

(Makes approximately 1 bottle of wine)

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2-3 Tablespoons or approximately .5oz of Open Heart Mulling Spice.
  • 1 orange
  • 1 handful of dried figs, or 2-3 fresh figs
  • 1 handful of dried currants
  • Cheesecloth or strainer


  1. Combine 2-3 Tablespoons (~.5oz) of Open Heart Mulling Spice Blend with one bottle of red wine into a large pot. 
  2. Add the currants, figs, and orange to the pot. Slice up the orange and squeeze the juice into the pot.
  3. Let the mulling spice, wine, and fruit mixture simmer for 15-30 minutes on low heat.
  4. Strain out the spice blend and fruit from the liquid. 
  5. Add honey or maple syrup to your preferred taste preference. I would start with 4oz of either.
  6. Let the cordial cool to a warm temperature and enjoy!

Simply combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan or pot over low heat until it smells warm and fragrant. Be careful not to boil the mixture, as you don't want to evaporate the alcohol content. Once warm, strain the liquid cordial to remove the spices and fruits, and transfer it to a glass or heatproof container.

Serve the cordial warm in small glasses or mugs, garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange peel. It's the perfect after-dinner treat to sip and savor with loved ones on a chilly autumn evening.

Stay tuned for the next sections of our blog post, where we'll dive deeper into the health benefits of the cordial's ingredients and discuss how enjoying this cordial can help you honor Samhain.

Health Benefits:

This cordial not only tastes delicious, but it also offers a variety of health benefits. Let's take a closer look at the ingredients and how they can support your well-being.

First and foremost, red wine, which serves as the base for this cordial, contains antioxidants called polyphenols. These compounds have been shown to have heart-healthy benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and inflammation. Red wine also contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to a range of health benefits, including protecting against certain cancers and promoting longevity.

The warming spices in the cordial, such as cinnamon chips, cloves, and star anise, offer more than just delightful flavors. Cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to regulate blood sugar levels. It may also help improve digestion and boost brain function. Cloves are known for their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, while star anise has been used to aid digestion and alleviate respiratory issues.

To sweeten the cordial, honey or maple syrup is used instead of refined sugar. Both honey and maple syrup contain beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. They are also lower on the glycemic index, meaning they have less impact on blood sugar levels compared to regular sugar.

Embrace the Spirit of Samhain with this Delicious Cordial:

Overall, the Open-Heart Mulling Spice Cordial not only offers a delightful taste experience but also provides a range of health benefits. So, sip on this delicious cordial and feel good knowing that you're nourishing your body and embracing the flavors of fall. Cheers to your health and enjoyment!

As the season of Samhain approaches, it's time to fully embrace the spirit of this ancient festival with a delicious cordial that captures the essence of fall. The Open-Heart Mulling Spice Cordial is more than just a tasty beverage - it's a way to connect with the magic and meaning behind Samhain.

Samhain is a time to honor our ancestors, reflect on the cycles of life, and embrace the changing seasons. This cordial is the perfect accompaniment to these practices, as it combines the warm and inviting flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise with the richness of red wine. Each sip is like a taste of the season, opening our hearts to the beauty and mystery of this time of year.

Gather your loved ones, cozy up by the fire, and savor the flavors of this cordial. As you sip, let the warmth of the spices and the depth of the red wine transport you to a place of connection and reflection. Raise your glass to the spirits of loved ones who have passed, and let the cordial serve as a reminder of the thin veil between the physical and spiritual worlds during Samhain. Let it be a catalyst for meaningful conversations, shared memories, and moments of gratitude. May each sip fill you with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of the season. Cheers to fall, to Samhain, and to the open hearts that can find magic in every sip.

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