Spice up Mom's special day with this fabulously simple gift! Although spice gift sets are nice, it's so easy to make your own, and it will feel much more personal. You can either wrap up store-bought spices in a pretty package or create your own unique blend to gift. Typically, mulling spices are a mix of allspice, cloves, and cinnamon, but they may also include cardamom, star anise, nutmeg, or ginger. A basic recipe is one stick cinnamon (crushed) to 1 teaspoon each whole allspice and whole cloves. Combine these ingredients as desired, then be sure to include a drink recipe or two for Mom to try.
What You Need
- Pinking shears
- Solid-color cotton fabric (one 10-inch square per bag)
- Burlap or cotton mesh fabric (one 10-inch square per bag)
- Sewing needle or large pin
- Mulling spices
- Yarn or cord
- Cinnamon stick
- Silver leaf
Step 1: Cut Out Fabric Squares
You'll need two simple fabric squares for this project. Measure and cut a 9-inch square out of a solid-color cotton fabric piece in your mom's favorite color using pinking shears. This will give it a zig-zag edge. Then cut a 9-inch square out of the mesh fabric using regular scissors.
Step 2: Fray Thread Ends
Next, use a sewing needle or large pin to loosen and remove threads around the perimeter of the mesh fabric. The edges of the fabric should be frayed about 3/4 inch down all the way around.
Step 3: Assemble Mulling Spice Bags
To make the pouch, lay the cotton square on top of the mesh square and pour about 1/3 cup of mulling spices in the center. Draw the edges of the fabrics up around the spices and tie a bow with yarn or cord to create a small bag.
Step 4: Decorate and Gift
To finish the Mother's Day spice bag, tuck an additional whole cinnamon stick and a delicate silver leaf behind the bow. Include the store-bought package directions for making mulled wine or cider, or get recipe ideas below!
How to Use Mulling Spices
These versatile spice gifts can be used in a hot toddy or wassail, as mulled wine spices, or in a spiced cider. Mom can relax and appreciate their flavor in both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Simmering them in a slow cooker infuses a recipe with plenty of warmth during the fall and winter months, but they can be enjoyed cold just as well. Print out a few of these recipes and present them with your gift.