How to make mulled wine sets/DIY Christmas present

I am a DIY-er and I like to give holiday gifts that have a personal touch. This mulled wine kit is just that. You can go above and beyond and buy a bottle of wine to go along with the prepared spices, or give the jars on their own.

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What you need to buy to make one jar with enough spices to make mulled wine three times. Three’s always a good number.

  • 3 cinnamon sticks (broken up to fit in the jar)

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  • 3 whole star anise

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  • 1 tablespoon allspice (whole berries)

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  • 1 tablespoons whole cloves
  • IMG_20131214_1659251/2 tablespoon green cardamom pods

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  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • cheesecloth (enough to make three squares big enough to hold 1/3 of the spices in the jar)
  • 3 pieces of twine long enough to tie the cheesecloth into sachets
  • gift tag to write directions
  • Ball of Kerr jar
  • bottle of wine and orange (optional, depending how big you want your gift to be. You can always just give the spice set, which is what I did this year)

To do:

  • Measure out all the spices in a bowl, place in the jar with the cinnamon sticks
  • Stuff the cheesecloth and twine inside
  • On the tag, write a little note with the following directions: Place a third of the spices, minus the cinnamon sticks in a cheesecloth square and tie up with twine. Pour a bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, etc) the sachet, cinnamon sticks, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of bourbon (optional) into a pot. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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After I made several of these as gifts I put the extra cloves and anise in a small little jar to use as potpourri. Dual use!

Shout out to Buzzfeed for the inspiration!

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