holiday wine

Mulled Wine Ornament Swag

We all bring bottles of wine to parties.  It’s easy, appreciated, and affordable.  I’m not re-inventing the perfect “I didn’t come empty handed gift.” I’m making it way more festive, original, and tots adorbs.

Your hostess/bff finishing up her makeup will def pause and say A. How did you think of that? And B. How did you find the time? Bingo.  It took like zero time.

YOU CAN LITERALLY SIT ON YOUR COUCH, ORDER EVERYTHING, AND HAVE IT DELIVERED TO YOU. Gimme.

Mulled wine is a no brainer necessity during the holidays.  You drink it in a mug which means aok for Sunday mid-morning. 

We’ve already established that a bottle of wine is the best thing to bring to any party so let’s dress up the bottle with the cutest presentation of mulling spice ever.  

How annoyingly perfect is showcasing your spices in a clear ornament?

It really takes a simple thing and and makes it spectacular.  

Lets be real, if someone else showed up with this you would hate them for being so on point and perfectly festive.  Go get it mama! 

Here’s the best part. 

This can be done using STORE BOUGHT MULLING SPICE! Amazon, Walmart, Etsy, Trader Joes, World Market, William Sonoma, and Sur La Table are a few places that carry the loose mix.

I also have an extremely easy homemade mulling spice recipe for anyone who wants to give it a whirl and be able to say “oh, my mulling mix is homemade”. Your house will smell of warm oranges and cinnamon. So that's a win. 

FYI The store bought crew should also say “oh, my mulling mix is homemade” just so we’re clear.  

If you can tie a bow, then you can do this. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

1.     1 (750ml) bottle of red wine (don’t spend a lot,  sugar will be added to it- duh)

2.     1 disposable tea filter bag or a small cotton muslin cloth bag.  Whichever you choose will go directly into the heated wine like a tea bag.  I found both kinds at Whole Foods and both are available on Amazon. 

 

3.     1 ½ Tablespoons mulling wine mix, found at all the places I mentioned above.

4.     Plastic clear ornament found at Amazon, Target, Walmart or at a craft store like Michaels or Joann’s to name a few. They're everywhere people. 

5.     Ribbon or string

6.     Little note card (optional)

Here’s how you’ll assemble your adorable little gift

1.     Remove top of ornament. Pour 1 ½ tablespoons mulling spice into clear ornament (if mulling spice pieces are a little too big crush them with your wine bottle). Replace top.  Tie onto wine bottle with string and your personal note. Roll up filter bag or muslin bag and slide through ornament top. DONE.

2.     That’s it.  Finished.  Just one step.

When your friend (or you) makes your gift all they need to do is:

1.     Pour ornament spices into included filter bag and tie closed. 

2.     Pour wine into sauce pot

3.     Add mulled tea bag and 1/4 cup sugar to wine. Heat on medium-high heat till sugar is dissolved. Stir, about 5 minutes.

4.     Once sugar is dissolved bring wine to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Wine will reduce to about half.

5.     Cool slightly and serve.

You can totally copy these directions down and tie onto your bottle if you want! 

Hope my little twist on an easy gift will make you feel creative, thoughtful, and cool, without taking much time.  Because who wants to trade a shower for making an adorable gift right?

I'd love to know what you think of this! Your thoughts help me prep more easy and awesome ideas for you.

Easy Homemade Mulling Spice Mix

You can do this.  The only thing you really have to do is zest an orange and slowly bake the peels in the oven.  Everything else you buy in the spice aisle or order from Amazon. Fun part is taking a hammer (or wine bottle) to the spices to crush.  Best part is having your house smell of baked oranges and cinnamon.  Sold. 

Easy Homemade Mulling Spice Mix

Makes enough spice to flavor 1 bottle of red wine or 1 quart apple cider

Total time: 1 hr 15 min

Things you'll need:

*½ teaspoon allspice berries

*½ teaspoon whole cloves

*1 cinnamon stick, crushed

1 teaspoon dried orange peel

*1 star anise

*found in spice aisle of grocery store

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

  2. Using a veggie peeler, peel an orange.  Be careful not to use too much pressure. You only want the zest, not the white pith because it’s bitter. Don't beat yourself up though if you get a little. 

  3. Spread orange peels onto a cookie sheet.  Try not to overlap peels. Bake in oven about 1 hour. This may vary depending on how much moisture was in your orange. You’ll know they are done when they feel dry to the touch and can be broken into smaller pieces.  Don’t let them go  too long or the peels will brown.

  4. Once cool, put in a ziploc bag and crush with a wine bottle, hammer, or rolling pin. Remove from bag and place in mixing bowl

  5. Place cinnamon stick in bag and repeat to crush. Make sure pieces are small enough to fit in your Christmas ornament holder.

  6. Add remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together to finish your mulling spice.

  7. Store any leftover in a sealed container

Note: 1 ½ tablespoons of Mulling spice will flavor 1(750 ml) bottle of red wine.