Mulling Spice Bags {DIY Holiday Gift}

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a total sucker for a warm beverage during a crisp fall day.

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…especially with a little splash of an adult libation, ifyaknowwhatimsayin. [only on weekends, of course..! ūüėČ ]

Two of my favorites are Mulled Wine and Spiked Cider.  And both involve a little something called a mulling spice bag.  The good news: you can make these by the dozen, and hand them out as party favors or co-worker gifts.  The even better news is that you can keep them all to yourself, and make many, many cups of holiday cheer.

I made these last year as party favors for our 5th Annual Fakesgiving Celebration, and also gave them to neighbors, friends, and co-workers during the holidays.

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Want in on this DIY gift? ¬†Here’s how to do it:

1. Purchase spice ingredients:

I found most of my spices on Amazon.com (hellooo¬†Prime free shipping!). ¬†Here’s what I bought:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole nutmegs
  • Crystallized¬†ginger
  • Whole cloves
  • Whole allspice berries

Other spice options¬†(which I didn’t add because either they were harder to find, more expensive, or I just ran out of time):

  • Dried orange or lemon rind
  • Peppercorns
  • Cardamom pods
  • Star anise

2. Mix & fill:

To prep the ingredients, I added the whole nutmegs and cinnamon sticks to a large Ziploc bag, and smashed it a few times with a rolling pin, so that everything broke up into smaller pieces.

Add the following to a large mixing bowl:

  • 2 cups broken cinnamon sticks
  • 10 broken nutmegs
  • 1 cup whole allspice berries
  • 1 cup whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger

Stir ingredients until combined, and scoop 2 tablespoons of spice mix into muslin bags.  I purchased these ones, and they worked out perfectly!

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3. Adorn with tags:

I made my own gift tags, and you can, too! {download it here: mullingspiceslabels}

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Print on card stock or cover stock (which is a bit lighter than card stock), cut out, punch holes, and the next step is…

4. Tie + gift:

Got some baker’s twine around? ¬†Tie up those spice bags with a cute tag, and before you can say “Let’s get Elf’d up,” you’ve got yourself a sweet gift of holiday happiness.

 5. Steep + pour:

Keeping these for yourself? ¬†No judgment. ¬†Here’s how to make my fave hot holiday bevvies:

Spiked Cider

Mix 2 gallons of Apple Cider (Trader Joe’s) and 1 750mL bottle of Salted Caramel Vodka in a large pot¬†or slow cooker. ¬†Put on low heat, and allow mulling spice bag to steep for at least 15¬†minutes.

Mulled Wine

Combine 1 750mL bottle of red wine (any ol’ blend will do) with 1/4 cup brandy and 1/4 sugar or honey. ¬†Keep on low heat, and allow mulling spice bag to steep in the wine mixture for at least 15 minutes.

¬†Don’t allow the cider or mulled wine to boil. ¬†Serve hot to thirsty friends.

 

Looks like we are ready to go a-wassailing!  {also, who even knows what that means?}

#spreadthelove #pourmeanother

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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