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..! 😉 ]

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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