These packets of Warm Winter Mulling Spices make the perfect simple gift. Whether for friends or secret Santa gifts for co-workers or they’re even perfect for food swaps.
A Multipurpose Mulling Spice Recipe
The spices can be dropped in wine or juice or even a plain tea for a cup of winter cheer. Or just let them simmer on the stove for deliciously spiced home freshener. Whichever way you use them, you’ll enjoy them!
Make them now, give them whenever and if you don’t gift them all well then you’re in luck because now you have the gift of mulling spices to enjoy.
Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Work
I don’t work outside the home but there’s one time of year I wish I did, Christmas. I think I love the Christmas parties, the secret Santa gift drops, and of course the crazy gift exchanges that happen.
While I don’t get to participate in any Secret Santa fun I can dream about it, right? And the mulling spices make a wonderful homemade Secret Santa gift for co-workers. At least I think they would.
Palmer Food Swap Worthy
I’d spent a lot of time pinning tasty things back awhile ago when I was sick so when it came time to actually PICK something for Palmer Food Swap, it shouldn’t have been so hard. But it was because as usual, I overthought the entire process.
I wanted something people could take home and savor later. I wanted it to be holiday-worthy. Share-worthy. And definitely SWAP worthy, because nothing is as bad as taking something cool to swap and having no one want to swap with you. Or just have a slow-moving item.
After completely overthinking it for a whole month, I literally had a lot of time on my hands, I was stumped.
Then one day I logged on to Pinterest and there was this gorgeous shot of mulling spices and it hit me that I wanted to make mulling spices for my swap item. It may have taken a long time to choose but it was such a successful swap item I’m going to say it’s a winner!
Perfect for Santa Lucia Day
This mulling spice recipe can be used to make spiced apple juice for Santa Lucia Day. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Santa Lucia Buns.
Boxes and Bags Optional
And because I’m a super lucky woman, and I married a great guy, my husband made these beautiful boxes for me. You can tuck your mulling spices in a small jar or bag, whatever works for you!
We also included a small handmade bag and linen string to hold the spices in the mulling liquid. All in all, it was a successful swap item as I finished swapping early and had swappers asking for more.
FAQs About this Winter Mulling Spice Recipe
- Can I use this is wine? YES! Or Apple Juice, or even an Orange Juice.
- What if I can’t find some of the spices? I’d look to see if you can order them online. Or check your store’s bulk food section or local spice stores. If all else fails, you could make this mix without one of the spices, but it will taste different.
- 8 whole nutmeg
- 12 cinnamon sticks
- 1 1/2 ounces allspice berries
- 1 1/2 ounces whole cloves
- 1 ounce green cardamom pods
- 1 ounce Star Anise
- 1/4 cup dried orange peel, can use some dried lemon peel
- add all spices to a thick ziploc bag, except dried citrus peel
- lay bag on a towel, cover with another towel
- give it several whacks with a rolling pin or wooden mallet
- check progress occasionally to see if spices are crushed enough, you want chunks but not too chunky
- mix in dried peel
- place in a mason jar, cap tightly
- to use: place 1-2 TBSP of Warm Winter Mulling Spices in a reusable tea bag or even a tea ball
- warm a quart of wine or cider or even herbal tea, then add mulling spices and reduce heat and let it soak
- you may want to experiment with different base drinks and varying amounts of Warm Winter Mulling Spices to find a blend you love
To make Warm Winter Mulling Spices you will need:
- a heavy ziploc bag
- a rolling pin or wooden mallet
- towel to cushion the bag