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.
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!
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).
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.
Leave the oranges out to go in the plastic cookie bag, along with the sugar.
Add the sugar, oranges, and sachet to the plastic cookie bag, and secure at the top with more twine.
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…
The recipe for these Spiced Mulled Wine sachets is:
Mulled Wine DIY Gift Idea
- 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
- 1 bottle red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup orange juice optional
- 1 spice sachet, as above
Dry the orange slices in the oven. After cutting into 1/8" slices, bake in a 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours.
Mix the spices together in a piece of cheesecloth that has been doubled up. Tie it off with twine.
Add the sugar, dried orange slices, and spice sachet inside of a plastic cookie bag and tie off with twine.
Attach the printable instruction tags and the cookie bag to the neck of the bottle of wine.
I’ve added the free printable tags below – just click on this link to open and print them out.
I can’t wait to share these as Christmas gifts this holiday season!
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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.
Spiced Mulled Wine Gift with Printable Tags at The Happy Housie
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10 DIY Stocking Stuffer Ideas at She Gave it a Go
2022 Desk Calendar at Clean and Scentsible
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
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