Mulling Spices Recipe - Making Homemade
Mulled Wine in Traditional Style

You can be enjoying a delicious glass of mulled red wine all year around with this simple mulling spices recipe. Traditionally, variations of this spicy drink are drunk around Christmas time and various holidays all through Europe, and probably the world. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: The recipe below makes enough for four 750ml bottles. If you want more, just double or treble the quantities. Or reduce the quantities if you would like less.

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

3-4 whole star anise
2 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp brown sugar 
10-12 green cardamom pods
2 tsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 medium sized orange
A piece of fresh ginger root

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Using a zester, zest the orange
  • Grate about 1 tablespoons worth of ginger
  • Break up the cinnamon sticks and star anise and add to a bowl with the sugar, cardamom, cloves and allspice berries and combine
  • Once combined, spoon all the ingredients into the middle of an 8-10 inch cheesecloth square
  • Bring all the corners of the square together and tie the ends together with some thread so you have a sealed parcel

That's all there is to it!

You add the ginger and orange only when making the drink. (Recipe below)

Note: Just before using give the parcel a bash with something heavy. This will crack the ingredients and help release the flavours. (Wrap the parcel in a tea towel first so as to prevent it splitting)

Note 2: I believe you can buy bags just for mulling purposes. So use these if you prefer.

Making Traditional Mulled Wine

mulling spices

How to Make:

  • Pour 4 bottles into a large saucepan and slowly heat to a simmer
  • Add your mulling spice parcel along with the grated ginger and orange zest
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Turn off the heat before using a slotted spoon to scoop out the parcel, orange and ginger

Drink hot or warm and enjoy!

You can leave the orange and ginger in and drink it as it is if you prefer.

After Putting Together Your Mulling Spices Recipe You May Enjoy...

Pickling Spices - For
Preserving Veg and Fruit
the Traditional Way

Italian Seasoning -
Savour the Flavours of
Authentic Italian Food

Curry Powders - A
Range of Blends For
Authentic Indian Meals

Return to Spice Mix

Return to Home

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.