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Spiced Mulled Wine DIY Gift Idea with Printable Tags

This Spiced Mulled Wine with recipe and printable tags is a thoughtful DIY Gift Idea for the holiday season.

I shared this recipe post a few years back where I shared about how I developed a love for spiced mulled wine during the holiday season.

I first developed my love of spiced mulled wine several years ago when one of my closest childhood friends, having lived in Zurich for the year, brought it back to share with us during the Christmas season. She has since married and lives full-time in Zurich, which is in the German part of Switzerland. In the early days she would often come home for the Christmas holidays, bringing along her spice packets to gift us so we could make our own spiced mulled wine. Glühwein, as it is called there, quickly became one of my favourite holiday traditions, and one I look forward to each Christmas season.

Each Christmas I like to DIY some special gifts for co-workers, bosses, my children’s teachers, and as hostess gifts to use during the season. As I was  ‘mulling over’ ideas for what I would like to share this year, Glühwein, or spice mulled wine, immediately came to mind.

I’m sharing how to create gift packets that include red wine, mulling spices, sugar, and dried oranges along with a free printable tag. The tag details the instructions for how to turn the bottle of red wine into the delicious and warming beverage spiced mulled wine.  I think it makes a beautiful, thoughtful, and unique DIY gift idea to share this Christmas.

an image of a bottle of red wine with a mulling spice sachet and instructions for making mulled wine as a DIY Christmas gift idea

A homemade gift is always lovely to both give and receive and truly gets back to the meaning and traditions of Christmas prior to the time when everything became so commercialized. I think you will love the DIY gift ideas that my friends are sharing today. Be sure to visit their posts by visiting the links I’ve shared at the bottom of today’s post!

a collage image of ten ideas for DIY gifts to make and share during the holidays

What wine should I use for mulled wine?

As for the type of wine to choose, you don’t want to use a super expensive or strongly flavoured red as the mulling spices will impact the wine greatly. I usually go with a reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon, as it is lighter in flavour so the wine and spices blend nicely instead of competing. It’s also dry enough that it doesn’t get too sweet with the addition of the sugar (and optional orange juice).

free printable instructions to attach to a spiced mulled wine DIY gift

To complement this as a DIY gift idea, I also created some free printable instruction cards that you can use to attach to your wine bottle and spice bag.

For this, you will need:

Mulling spices (see recipe below)

1 bottle of red wine per gift (see wine recommendations below)

printable instruction tags (see below to print your copy)

cheesecloth (I found mine at the grocery store)


plastic cookie gift bags (I picked some up at the dollar store)


After gathering your spices (see the recipe below), you will want to cut a piece of cheesecloth into a square and double it up. Add all of your spices to the sachet, and tie it together at the top with some food safe twine.

mulling spiced placed on a double layer of cheesecloth

Leave the oranges out to go in the plastic cookie bag, along with the sugar.

wrapping the cheesecloth into a spice sachet to use to make spiced mulled wine

Add the sugar, oranges, and sachet to the plastic cookie bag, and secure at the top with more twine.

making a DIY gift bag with mulling spices, oranges and sugar to use to make spiced mulled wine

Attach the spice sachet and the instructions card to the wine bottle, and you’re done! You could put it in a wine bag, of course, or wrap it in some cellophane, but I think it looks lovely and elegant as is…

a bottle of red wine with a mulling spice sachet and instructions for making mulled wine as a DIY Christmas gift idea

The recipe for these Spiced Mulled Wine sachets is:

Mulled Wine DIY Gift Idea


Spice Sachets

  • 1 orange cut into 1/8" slices baked and dried as per instructions below
  • 3 raw cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise, whole
  • 20 cloves, whole
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

Mulling Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice optional
  • 1 spice sachet, as above


  1. Dry the orange slices in the oven. After cutting into 1/8" slices, bake in a 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours.

  2. Mix the spices together in a piece of cheesecloth that has been doubled up. Tie it off with twine.

  3. Add the sugar, dried orange slices, and spice sachet inside of a plastic cookie bag and tie off with twine.

  4. Attach the printable instruction tags and the cookie bag to the neck of the bottle of wine.

free printable instructions to add to a DIY spiced mulled wine gift

I’ve added the free printable tags below – just click on this link to open and print them out.

Spiced Mulled Wine Gift Tags

I can’t wait to share these as Christmas gifts this holiday season!

red wine with instructions and mulling spices attached to it as a holiday gift idea

a bottle of red wine with a gift bag of mulling spices attached


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spiced mulled wine DIY gift idea with recipe and printable tags


This week is my friends and I are sharing our DIY gift ideas just in time for the holidays. You can visit their posts by clicking on the links below the images.

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Spiced Mulled Wine Gift with Printable Tags at The Happy Housie

3-Ingredient Candy Cane Sugar Scrub with Printable Tag tatertots and jello

10 DIY Stocking Stuffer Ideas at She Gave it a Go

2022 Desk Calendar at Clean and Scentsible

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DIY Clay Coasters at Zevy Joy

Printable Christmas Gift Tags and Gift Wrap Ideas A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

How to Make a DIY Acrylic Keychain at The DIY Mommy

cute DIY gift ideas for the holidays

Chocolate Toffee Coconut Cookie Mix Jars at Satori Design for Living

Easy DIY Inspirational Quote Canvas at Pop of Pretty

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix Gift Idea at Life is a Party


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    1. Hello Michelle,
      Sorry – I should clarify. I didn’t mean specific wine brands, just the general type. I mentioned in the post that I usually like to use a reasonably priced Cab Sauvignon – nothing too expensive or with strong deep flavours as the spices will compete with the wine otherwise. It’s really personal preference, but that’s what I like. That Jackson Trigs Cab Sauvignon that is shown in the pics is a good choice, but it is a BC wine so might not be available in all areas.

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