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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36 comments

Julie December 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Sound lovely, I like the spiced apple thing they did at Costa’s last year (don;t know if they are doing it this year) but it was a bit too sweet. Making my own sounds good.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 10, 2015 - 10:43 pm

It’s perfect because you can have it just how you want, and if you don’t want to bother with the bags at home you can just throw it all in.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 8, 2015 - 10:04 pm

They are so simple to make, and you can tailor them to your own taste 🙂

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Julia @ Rainbeaubelle December 8, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Oh I am so glad I found this and your blog! This sounds so yummy and what a great gift, I think I might just have to have a go! #twinklytuesday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 8, 2015 - 5:54 pm

They make a lovely little gift and you can adapt them easily – you could do a similar thing with bath salts or milk powder and dried herbs and flowers 🙂

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My Bored Toddler December 8, 2015 - 11:25 am

What a lovely idea for a gift.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 8, 2015 - 5:58 pm

They make a lovely, simple (and cheap) gift

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Teresa December 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Oh, I love these! I’ve been looking for a gift for my mother and your spice bags are the perfect solution!
If you have time, I would love for you to share this post over at the Holidays Celebration link party that is live right now! It’s such a neat idea, I’m sure our readers would love it too! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.pt/2015/12/holidays-celebration-link-party-4.html)

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 8, 2015 - 9:36 am

They are a cute, easy gift. Thanks for the invite, I checked out your lovely linky and have linked up 🙂

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Teresa December 8, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Thank you for linking up! Your post has been pinned to the party’s Pinterest board Feel free to link up other posts too, and stay tuned for the features on Friday!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 9, 2015 - 8:36 am

Thanks for having us and pinning 🙂

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teresa December 11, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve featured this post today on the Holidays Celebration Link Party Features. Come and grab an “I was featured” button and browse around for the other features here: http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/12/holidays-celebration-link-party-4_11.html
Congratulations!

Sarah - Craft Invaders December 12, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Thanks so much for featuring us – we are thrilled to be included!

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