It’s that time again!
Handmade Holiday #2!
This week, I’m letting you off real easy. This one is pretty much as simple as it gets. Mix a few things, put them in a bag. Arrange together and Bob’s your uncle! (It’s a long standing joke in my family that Bob really is our [great] uncle. We’re pretty hilarious. I know.)
If you’ve ever had mulled wine, I don’t have to tell you much to convince you that it’s a lovely gift. If you haven’t, let me explain. Mulled wine is red wine simmered with aromatics like cloves, allspice, nutmeg, star anise and cinnamon. It’s a touch sweet, and it warms your belly like nothing else. There’s nothing quite like it while playing a long game of scrabble, or as I’m accustomed to, Balderdash with a few close friends and family on a snowy Christmas eve. This little DIY kit will provide your giftee with everything they need to brew up a small batch to enjoy this Holiday season.
DIY Mulled Wine Kit
I put my kit together in a pot, which you can get for pretty cheap in any Zellers/Walmart/Homewares Store, but feel free to use a basket or whatever you have on hand.
It should also be said that my creativity is nothing too imaginative. I am no Martha Stewart, unfortunately. But please, feel free to use YOUR imagination to make this prettier.
1 bottle of red wine, something affordable is a-ok
2 glass mugs or wine tumblers
1 medium sized pot
2 small plastic baggies
1 small sachet (for the mulling spices)
3 whole star-anise
3-4 cardamom pods
4-5 allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp nutmeg (or 1 whole nutmeg)
1/4 tsp cloves (or a few whole cloves)
a few big strips orange zest
1/4 cup turbinado or demerara sugar
In one small plastic bag, add the sugar and any ground spices you might be using. Secure it.
In the other, add all the whole spices, and orange zest. Again, secure it. Tuck both baggies into the sachet and tie with a bow or decorative ribbon.
In the pot/basket, place the bottle of wine, mugs and sachet of spices.
Either wrap the whole thing in cellophane and secure with some ribbon, or leave as-is.