How to Make Homemade Mulling Spice Bags

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

DIY Mulling Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient.

 DIY Mulling Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

Mulling is the process of heating wine or beer with added sugar and spices as a warming, fragrant drink. Traditionally served in winter, mulled drinks can take both alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added. We have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful.

A word of caution. Many herbs have medicinal properties and may not be suitable for everyone. Sticking to flavour combinations that are commonplace, for example, ones you might see in the supermarket, would be my suggestion unless you are knowledgeable in the use of dried herbs. I also recommend that you provide an ingredient list with any homemade items that you give away as gifts. That way the recipient can make an informed choice to whether or not it is suitable for them.

 DIY Mulling Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

 

What we used to Make our Homemade Mulling Spice Bags

Stick of cinnamon
2 Star Anise
3-4 Pieces of Mace
6 Allspice Berries
A teaspoon of dried Orange Rind
Muslin Spice Bags

 DIY Mulling Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

Just pop all of the spices into a Muslin Bag and tied it securely. Alternatively, you can tie everything up in a piece of muslin and tie with some kitchen string (bear in mind the blue string soup in Bridget Jone’s Diary!) If giving as a gift, add a pretty tag with a recipe written on it.

 

Add it to a litre of Apple Juice and heat it slowly, leaving to infuse for an hour or so for the flavours to develop well. Serve piping hot. This makes a lovely warming drink for both kids and adults, and can, of course, be adapted to taste.

In the US, apple juice is called cider, and what we refer to here in the UK as cider, would be hard cider. Happily, both would work equally well in this recipe. We used our own dried orange rind for this recipe, you can find the instructions in our Drying Orange Slices and Peel tutorial. Our Spiced apple juice is also rather yummy with the addition of a tot of Rum, I am sure many other additions would work equally as well


DIY Mulling Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

 

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Be Inspired in a winter wonderland linky | Tots 100 December 7, 2015 - 9:40 am

[…] those who love cooking.  Finally making Christmas decorations like a rag wreath for under £5 and spice bags from Craft Invaders give a real vintage homemade feel to Christmas.  However you spent the time, […]

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 7, 2015 - 11:01 am

So excited to be featured on the TOTS100 be Inspired in a winter wonderland linky with so many other fabulous ideas!

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Licia November 30, 2015 - 9:22 pm

I feel the fragrance of these herbs. This is a perfect gift for so many of my friends who love special teas. Thanks for sharing.
Licia

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 3, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Thank you Licia, they do make a lovely gift 🙂

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton November 27, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Sarah, Not only does this look like a great way to warm up on a cold winter’s night, the gift itself is so pretty! The colors, shapes and textures of the spices are delightful. And I bet the whole house smells like the Holidays as you cook! What a great gift!!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 29, 2015 - 10:01 am

The spices are lovely to look at aren’t they – the kids love the spiciness of the juice, it’s perfect for this time of year v

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chellie November 25, 2015 - 11:27 am

what a beautiful gift! I’ll be honest–I love consumable gifts, trying to keep life simple. It has never occurred to me to dry my own orange peels! duh! I need to try that!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 25, 2015 - 11:49 am

We give everyone food and drink gifts now – I think people prefer something lovely to eat, rather than a random store gift 🙂

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Honest mum November 24, 2015 - 11:00 pm

What a stunning gift, loved this festive post. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 25, 2015 - 11:55 am

Thank you, it makes a perfect little gift for when you want to just give a little something – would be great for end of term teacher presents 🙂

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