Mulling Spice Bags

Type: Culinary

Difficulty: Very easy

Kid-friendly? Yes – Making

There’s nothing quite like freshly mulled wine in winter. These nifty bags make it a simple undertaking, and a great for handing around in group gifting situations.

All your recipient needs to do is heat the contents of a bottle of dry red wine, along with one of these bags, a bit of citrus and perhaps some honey, in a pot on the stove. Bring it all to boil, then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Finally, remove the spice bag and ladle into serving glasses. You can experiment with the precise recipe – some people like to add some apple cider to the mix as well.

These bags can also be used for making chai-style teas.  

You’ll need (per bag):

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • Cheesecloth cut into circle of approx 15cm diameter, twine for tying and hole-punched card label (or stick-on label)


  1. Place spices on cheescloth, gather edges and tie with twine.
  2. Attach label individually, or group several bags in a jar or box and and label that instead. You may like to write instructions for use on the label.