Mulled wine is wine--usually red--gently heated and steeped with spices. A perfect drink for crisp autumn or cold winter weather, mulled wine is best made with whole spices that are in a small bag, similar to a homemade tea bag. Mulled wine bags can also be used to spice apple cider and make nice small gifts.
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Things you need
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whole cloves
- Whole peppercorns
- Coarsely grated nutmeg
- Dried star anise
- Dried citrus peel
- Dried cardamom pods
Choose spices--it isn't necessary to use every mulling spice for every bag. A very basic mulled wine uses cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns but there are many other combinations. You can combine anise with orange peel and cinnamon or use nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom.
Cut a 6" by 4" rectangle from the cheesecloth for each bag.
Place two to five pieces of each spice, depending on size, in the centre of the cheesecloth.
Wrap the cheesecloth into a small bag and tie with string. The spice bag is now ready to be used.
Tips and warnings
- To give as a gift, wrap the cheesecloth bag in cling film and tie it with a ribbon. Attach a small card with instructions for using.
- To mull wine, heat 3 cups of inexpensive red wine in a large saucepan with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and add a spice bag. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
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