Warm Winter Mulling Spices

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. The spices can be dropped in wine or juice or even a plain tea for a cup of winter cheer. 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, Chhristmas. I think I love the Chrustmas 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.

Warm Winter Mulling Spices

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 over thought 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 over thinking 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!


Warm Winter Mulling Spices

Boxes and Bags Optional

And because I’m a super lucky woman, and I married a great guy, my husband make these beautiful boxes for me. I’ll share how to make those in a future post if anyone is interested. Mainly we’d been given a box like it and we copied it by simply drawing around it and prefolding them. 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.

Warm Winter Mulling Spices

Warm Winter Mulling Spices

This lovely easy to make spice mix makes mulled winter drinks so easy to achieve! This makes a big batch, perfect for swapping or sharing with friends, for my swap I made double this amount. Scale it down right on the recipe card if you only need enough for personal use.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American


  • 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

Warm Winter Mulling Spices