Rachel’s Sweet & Spicy Hot Mustard

2 2/3 cups water
3/4 cups white wine vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup tarragon vinegar
1/3 cup brown mustard seeds
1/3 cup yellow mustard seeds
1/2 cup dry mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon malt syrup
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Pour the dry mustard, mustard seeds and 1 cup of water into a nonreactive bowl. Refrigerate overnight.


The next day, pour the remaining water, onion, garlic vinegars, sugar and spices in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Continue to boil until the mixture has reduced by about a quarter. Strain into a food processor or blender (I used my new Vita-Mix-it is amazing!)add the mustard seed mixture and blend until fairly smooth. Stir in malt syrup and pulse once. Decant into jars.

Yield: about 3 1/2 cups

My thoughts:

Homemade mustard is not something one sees to much of these days. While there are a lot of wonderful varieties available in any grocery store there is something special about making your own. Not to mention impressive, mustard is one of those things that no one really thinks of making at home. This particular mustard has some sweet notes but is also wickedly spicy. I wish someone had told me how easy mustard was to make! I just dived in and was overwhelmed by how great it turned out. I added my favorite vinegars and spices and ended up with my dream mustard.

This homemade mustard keeps for months in a regular jar, no canning or fancy equipment needed, just stick it in the refrigerator just like any other mustard you’d buy at the store.

Note: this recipe can easily and successfully doubled if you want to bottle it and give it as gifts.


  1. Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen homemade mustard or even thought of making it. Now I really want to try it!

  2. Fantastic gift idea!

  3. Rachel,
    Where do you get the mustard seeds in any great volume? McCormick’s at the grocery store obviously isn’t going to be enough and there’s not enough variety anyway. I haven’t seen them anywhere else either. Suggestions?

  4. renren-
    If you don’t want to order online, I’d try at an ethnic grocery, Indian groceries in particular frequently have very large bags of mustard seeds for very cheap because mustard seeds are a popular ingredient in a lot of Indian cooking.

    They are also found at pretty much any spice company website.

    1/3 of a cup is only about 2 oz of mustard seeds.

  5. Homemade mustard is a brilliant idea! I will have to try this. I am a mustard aficionado.

    Can I make a recipe suggestion? Lately I've been playing around with making my own salad dressings, which the NY Times says is one of the new hip kitchen-y things to do. ( nytimes.com/2009/01/07/dining/07mini.html?scp=1&sq=%22fresh%20start%20for%20the%20new%20year%22&st=cse) Do you do this at all? I would love to see what you come up with… I've already gotten kinda bored with what they suggest in that article. I think it's fun to play around with though!

  6. Chatty Ali-
    I make all of my salad dressings. A few from the archives: blue cheese, vingarette, summer salad dressing, and citrus poppyseed.

  7. This is one of the coolest ideas ever. It would be a great housewarming gift along with some homemade bread, a cute knife and some cheese!

  8. OMG, I love gritty and spicy mustard. This looks like perfection!!

  9. Hi Rachel,
    Where does one locate tarragon vinegar? Thanks!

  10. Meghan-
    The supermarket.

  11. This is very cool, and it looks like a great spread. Good gift idea.

  12. OMG! Who knew you could make your own mustard? That looks awesome!!!

  13. You’re 100% right, I have never considered making my own mustard before. What a clever idea! It would make a terrific gift, too.

  14. Hi Rachel,

    I recently made a marinade for a flank steak recipe I found. It called for mustard. I used one that was just okay. The combination of sweet AND spicy of this mustard would have been great. I look forward to giving it a try. Thanks!

  15. What a great idea to use mustard as a gift. I get so tired of using sweet things like cookies and bread for a hostess gift — I always wonder if the recipients will want to eat it that fast. But mustard keeps forever!

    Will have to try your blue cheese dressing recipe — I make lots of vinaigrettes but never anything else.

  16. I love making homemade condiments, the flavors are so much better. This sounds delicious!

  17. Great idea, where do you find malt syrup? I have malt powder, but have never looked for malt syrup.

  18. Joyce-
    I would check for malt syrup at a supermarket or maybe a health food store.

  19. Wow. This is fantastic. I’d thought of homemade ketchup, but never mustard.

  20. Great post! I’m a fan of every kind of mustard from yellow to grainy. Your mustard looks a bit like this grainy mustard I love, Moutarde de Meaux.