Mulled Wine Mix - Enjoy a Traditional, Hot
Spiced Drink All the Year Round

Though traditionally drunk around Christmas, make your own mulled wine mix and you can enjoy a glass or two any time of year. So light the log fire and get ready to enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine or cider! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: Whilst you can buy specialist mulling bags, I personally use a square of cheesecloth/muslin big enough to hold a couple of tablespoons of mulling spices in the centre. 2 tablespoons is enough for one 750ml bottle. So the recipe below is enough for four 750ml bottles.

What You'll Need: (makes about 8 tablespoons)

3-4 whole star anise
2 tbsp allspice berries
10-12 green cardamom pods
2 tsp whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg
2 x 3 inch cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp chopped dried orange peel
2 tbsp chopped dried ginger root

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Directions for one bottle:

  • Break up the nutmeg, star anise and cinnamon sticks
  • In a bowl, combine the cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg pieces with the cardamom, cloves, allspice, orange and ginger 
  • Place 2 tablespoons of the combined ingredients in an 8 inch square of cheesecloth (what you don't use can be stored in a jar for future use)
  • Bring all the cheesecloth corners together and tie with some thread so you end up with a sealed parcel. (See photo below)
  • Use according to your recipe. Or, see below for how I use it

Tip: To get the best flavours out of your mulled wine mix, a good idea is to bash your parcel just before using so you crack the ingredients a bit. A rolling pin is ideal for this.

Before you bash it, first wrap the parcel in a tea towel. This will prevent the cheesecloth splitting.

Here's a Short Slideshow of How I Made it...

How to Make Mulled Wine

Mulled wine mix.

How to Make Enough For 1 bottle:

  • Pour a bottle of red wine into a saucepan and slowly heat to a simmer
  • Add your mulling parcel
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes whilst stirring occasionally
  • After about 20 minutes, remove the parcel with a slotted spoon and serve

That's all there is to it. Drink hot or warm and enjoy!

After Making Your Homemade Mulled Wine Mix You May Enjoy...

Pumpkin Spice For 
Delicious Pies
Puddings and 

Homemade Pickling 
Mix - For Preserving 
the Traditional Way

A Range of Hot, 
Spicy and Mild 
Chili Powders

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