Homemade Mulling Spices | DIY Gift Idea
Tables full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry relish are slowly fading in our rear view mirrors and I truly hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I am thrilled, however, that the Christmas season has officially begun! Our house is decorated, our kids have started on our favorite Christmas Book Countdown, and my brain is working overtime planning holiday baking and festive gift ideas. It’s the gift ideas that we’ll be chatting about today, my friends. Today, we’re making some very simple but amazingly scented Homemade Mulling Spices in sachets!
This is a simple project that takes only a few minutes to put together, but makes a great hostess or teacher gift this season. Or, just make a bunch of these homemade mulling spices in sachets and keep them in your own kitchen to jazz up a pot of apple cider or better yet, a pot of mulled wine!
Whenever I heat up a pot of apple cider, I always throw in a cinnamon stick, some cloves, and a couple of star anise if I have them on hand. However, I was at a friends house about a month ago and she had this lovely jar of holiday mulling spices she picked up from Williams-Sonoma that she had used to spice up her hot apple cider. It was fabulous! The only problem, was that the spice mixture was processed in a facility that used nuts, so I couldn’t give the cider to C.
After looking at the ingredient list and doing a little research online, I realized that there are a wide variety of spices that can be put into a ‘mulling spice’ recipe. Anything from peppercorns, to cardamom pods, to cinnamon and dried orange peel. The possibilities are vast and making them in your own kitchen gives you full control over the spices that you like, as well as sourcing spices that are processed without nuts (if that’s a concern of yours, too).
After a bit of testing, I decided I loved the combination of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, allspice berries, and dried orange peel. I was able to find star anise that were not processed with nuts up at World Market, but there may be other resources out there that are safe. These are the spices that I used, but feel free to mix up the spices and the amounts to suit your taste, as well! This is a hard recipe/DIY to mess up 🙂
To keep things easy breezy when using the spices, I decided to spoon my mixture into these fillable, tea bag sachets that I found on Amazon. They came in a variety of sizes but I picked a small and large version. The small bags are great of individual cups of cider and the large are perfect for a pot of cider or of you are making a batch of mulled wine *yum!!*. If you only want to pick up one size of the bags, I would go with the small because you can always through a couple of the sachets into a pot if you’d like!
These little bags have been handy to use with loose, tea, too (which is their actual purpose 😉
If you are someone you know loves spiced apple cider or a beautiful warm mulled wine, these Homemade Mulling Spices in sachets will make the perfect gift this Christmas.
Homemade Mulling Spices
Yield: 18-20 sachets
- 1 bottle cinnamon sticks (.75 ounces or about 8 - 3inch sticks)
- 1/2 cup star anise
- 1/4 cup whole cloves
- 1/4 cup allspice berries
- 1/4 cup dried orange peel
- fillable drawstring tea bag sachets
Crush cinnamon sticks and star anise in a mortar and pestle until pieces are small and uniform (about 1/4 inch pieces). Stir together crushed cinnamon sticks, crushed star anise, whole cloves, allspice berries, and dried orange peel in a bowl.
Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of spice mixture into fillable tea bags and tighten draw strings. Store filled mulling spice sachets in an air tight container.
Place a mulling spice sachet into a pot of apple cider or wine while heating. Remove sachet before serving.
Cinnamon sticks and star anise can be placed in a zip top bag and crushed with a rolling pin of you do not have a mortar and pestle.