The idea started when I was making and bottling Mulled Cider. My friend recommended I create a post showing how fun my mulling spice sachets were to make. I initially resisted, but she talked me into it. Her thoughts were these Mulling Spice Sachets would make a perfect gift for three reasons. They’re easy to make; they look pretty, and they are ready to use for making mulled cider or wine.
Mulling Spice Sachets
- 8 black peppercorns
- 6 whole allspice
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 6-inch cinnamon sticks cut in half
- 4 cardamom seeds
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 star anise
- 2 long strips of dried orange zest
- 2 long strips of dried lemon zest
Needs: Materials for 4 sachets
- 4 8-inch squares of silk organza (cheese cloth) or spice bags
- 4 12-inch lengths of twine
- 1-pint jar
- Cloth rounds and ribbon
Using 4 8-inch squares of silk organza, and 4 12-inch lengths of twine, place the recommended spices per sachet in the center of each square. Lift the square with the spices and place it in a small round bottom bowl. Gather the edges and tie a knot around the gathers, securing the contents of the sachet with one end of the twine. Place 4 sachets, one on top of the other in the pint jar. Close the lid, add a label with instructions, on the lid add a bit of cloth (or some of the left-over organza) and a ribbon and you now have a very lovely gift.
Instructions: 1 sachet per 1 quart of cider.
Notes: To make these Mulling Spice Sachets, I recommend that you buy your spices in bulk. If you’re not able to find silk organza, cheese cloth will do. There are many health food stores that carry these spices. I found mine at World Market and another local market in my area the carries them in bulk. I bought the silk organza at a fabric store on sale. The twine is ordinary kitchen twine readily available anywhere.
If you’re not into making Sachets, then create a larger batch of loose mulling spice. To do that use the same proportions in a large quantity. Crush the cinnamon and other larger spices into smaller pieces, chop the orange and lemon zest into smaller pieces, add the other spices and mix to evenly distribute the spices. Pour the mulling spice mixture into quart size jars with these instructions on a label; A ¼-cup of mulling spice per 1 quart of cider. A nice touch is to add a bit of cloth and ribbon to the top of each jar, and you now have an equally charming gift.
So you be the judge, was this a good idea to post? These Mulling Spice Sachets are incredibly easy to make, and they make such a nice package. I have to say they do make an awesome gift for this time of year.
One last thing, keep an eye out for my Slow Cooker Mulled Cider in a future post. ☺️
Time to make a few more Mulling Spice Sachets…
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