How To: Make a Spice Packet for Mulled Wine

Capture the aromas of the holiday season.

To capture the true spirit of the holidays in a glass, skip the eggnog and opt for the original Victorian-era Christmas cheer, the endlessly aromatic mulled wine. “Mulled wine remains a winter staple all over Europe,” says Palma D’Orazio, owner of Palma in New York City. She recommends bringing several packets to your next party (they travel easier than a fruitcake). Here’s her recipe:

Step one:

Cut a 10-inch square of muslin, cheesecloth or plain cotton fabric, and place it on a flat surface.

Step two:

Halve 3 medium-sized dried figs, and place them in the center of the cloth with the dried zest of ½ orange, 2 cloves and a pinch of nutmeg.

Step three:

Gather the ends of the cloth and tie securely closed with butcher’s twine. The spice packet is good for one steeping in any mulled-wine recipe.

Published on November 19, 2012
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