How to make a mulled spice bag

This simple yet unique homemade gift can be put together in minutes and creates perfect mulled wine every time

Mulled spice bag

What says Christmas better than a steaming hot mug of mulled wine and a mince pie? Here is our step by step guide to making your own mulled spice bag.

Mince pie recipe (Photo by: Laura Kate Bradley via Getty Images)

Why not write out the recipe instructions (“Add to red wine, heat and serve!”) on a label and tie that to the bag too?


You Will Need

  • Cloves (5 or 6)
  • Star anise (2 or 3 pieces)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Demerara sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Muslin spice bags (2)
  • Orange peel

Step 1

Put all the ingredients, apart from the cinnamon stick, into a muslin bag.

Step 2

Tie the strings tightly and place the bag into a second muslin bag.

Step 3

Drape the bag around the neck of a bottle and tie a small piece of ivy or similar foliage onto the cinnamon stick for decoration, securing the ends with baker’s twine.  (Do not, of course, use the ivy in your drink.)

Step 4

Decorate with a label cut from card, write your message and add to the bag.