Mulling Spices - Making Hot Wine
and Cider the Traditional Way

Why wait until Christmas to enjoy a delicious glass of hot spiced red wine? Well now you don't have to! With this easy-to-make recipe for mulling spices you can be enjoying a hot glass all year round.

Note: I use 2 tablespoons of mulling mix per 750ml bottle. So this recipe is enough for 2 bottles. If you want more, double or treble the quantities.

Homemade Mulling Spices Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 4-5 tablespoons)

6-8 whole star anise
1 tbsp allspice berries
10 green cardamom pods
1 x 3 inch cinnamon stick
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp juniper berries
4 tsp dried orange peel
2 tsp dried ginger root 

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Directions if using immediately for 1 bottle:

  • Break up the cinnamon stick and star anise and add to a bowl
  • If not already chopped, chop the ginger root and orange peel into smallish pieces and add to the bowl
  • Add the other ingredients to the bowl and combine
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons of the ingredients into a 6 inch square of cheesecloth and tie the corners together
  • Use according to your recipe. (See below how I do it)

If not using immediately, leave everything whole and store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight.

Note: Just before using, give the mulling spices parcel a bash or two with a heavy object so you crack some of the ingredients a little. This will help release their flavours. (Before bashing, wrap the parcel in a tea towel first to stop it from splitting)

Recipe For Mulled Wine (1 bottle)

picture of homemade mulling spices

How to Make Mulled Wine...

  • Pour your wine into a saucepan and over a low to medium heat, heat to a simmer
  • Add your cheesecloth parcel
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes whilst stirring occasionally
  • After 20 minutes or so, turn off the heat, scoop out the parcel and serve hot or warm

Enjoy!


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