Mulling Spice Recipe - Make a Glass of
Spiced Wine or Cider in Traditional Style

Making your own mulling spice is so easy and only takes minutes! And by doing it yourself, you could be enjoying a delicious glass of mulled wine or cider any time of year, not just at Christmas. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: My recipe makes 8 tablespoons which is enough for 4 bottles. If you need more, just double or treble the quantities below. Or reduce if you don't need so much.

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

4 whole star anise
2 tbsp allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 whole nutmeg
1 tsp whole cloves
2 tbsp chopped dried orange peel (or fresh peel)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger root

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grate 2 tsp worth of nutmeg and add to a bowl
  • Break up the cinnamon sticks and star anise and add to the bowl with the other dry ingredients
  • Chop the fresh ginger root and add to the bowl
  • Combine everything
  • Once combined, place these in a mulling bag

That's all there is to it!

Note: Just before adding to your wine (recipe below) bash the bag with a heavy object so you crack the whole spices just a little. This will release more flavours.

Note 2: An 8-10 inch square of cheesecloth, large enough to hold the above ingredients, makes a decent mulling bag. Just place the ingredients in the centre and tie the corners together with thread.

Recipe For Mulled Wine

picture of homemade mulling spices

How to Make: (4 bottles)

  • Pour 4 bottles of red wine into a large saucepan and over a low heat bring to a simmer
  • Bash your bag of ingredients a little if you haven't already and add to the saucepan
  • Whilst stirring occasionally, simmer for about 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the parcel

Drink it hot or leave for a few minutes to cool a little and enjoy!

Note: If you didn't want too make so much, say only 2 bottles, reduce the amount of mulling spice you use to 2 tablespoons.

Store the rest in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight for future use.

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