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

Michelle November 8, 2016 - 7:28 am

Stunning Sarah, we always enjoy a glass of Glühwein in winter and now I don’t have to buy the spice bags, I can try and make our own. Thank you so much

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2016 - 9:30 am

They are the simplest thing to make Michelle, and they make a great little hostess gift too 🙂

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Leanna November 7, 2016 - 8:22 pm

Isn’t star anise the neatest of all spices. I love the stuff. Pinned.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2016 - 9:28 am

It is a wonderful spice Leanna, such a little work of art – thanks for pinning 🙂

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Debbie November 7, 2016 - 9:39 am

Hi Sarah, that herb combination is perfect for Christmas. I come from cider country and we used to get proper scrumpy from the farms, but never once have I had spiced cider! It does sound warming.

xx

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 7, 2016 - 9:56 am

We love spiced Cider Debbie, it is very moreish, and makes a great alternative to mulled wine – plus its nice to be able to serve the non-alcoholic version alongside 🙂

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Becky, Cuddle Fairy January 1, 2016 - 5:59 pm

Oh lovely! This would be a fab gift. I love making mulled wine & a spice bag would come in handy for that! x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 1, 2016 - 6:18 pm

We did give lots away over Christmas – they are perfect for when you just want a little gesture without going over the top. I’m going to try some herb ones next and adapt them as the seasons change 🙂

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International Elf Service December 15, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Another post of gorgeous Christmassyness! I’m completely drawn to dried orange slices and cinnamon – a terrible weakness of mine!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 15, 2015 - 11:07 pm

Its the perfect Christmas combination – we’re putting both of them in everything at the moment, and everyone is getting one of these bags at Christmas. I’ve just been making marmalade so am definitely going though an orange stage!

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