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Mulling Sachets

A canister of pre-bundled mulling spices makes a lovely holiday gift. Seek out the freshest bulk spices for the best flavor. 




  • Decorative label
  • Cheesecloth
  • 1/2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • Twine
  • Tin
  • Ribbon
  • Holly sprig


  1. Step 1

    Cut cheesecloth into two 6-inch rounds; layer. In center, place 1/2-inch cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 2 pods cardamom, 4 black peppercorns, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves. Tie with twine. Set several in tin, and tie with bow and holly sprig. Adhere decorative label.

  2. Step 2

    Attach a note with the following directions: "Place one sachet in mug, fill with hot cider, and steep 3 to 5 minutes."

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005




Reviews (18)

  • Crdancer 20 Dec, 2013

    Wondering where to get the pretty red twine ...

  • Jennibeer8 23 Nov, 2013

    I made one to try them out and it was delish! Although I couldn't find the cheese cloth I thought I had so I used two small coffee filters. It worked well. I think I'm going to buy tea bags from the tea store that you can fill yourself and use those. Found all the spices at Costplus World Market!

  • SweetMagnolia 26 Nov, 2010

    My daughter and I are doing this for teacher gifts this year. We'll do it as I've done before, which is with a larger amount of a spice blend for mulling in a larger volume of liquid. A nice touch is to include a strip of paper with a few ideas for beverages as well as simply adding to a pot of simmering water to create the scent of the season. We usually get the spices and muslin bags from

  • SprocketFox 28 Jul, 2010

    you can find a large variety of whole spices including the cardamom pods and whole star anise at your local World Market/Cost Plus

  • msdanielle 11 Dec, 2009

    i'm going to do this project for the holidays - thanks for the great tips! i found cheap tin canisters at about $0.75 each for a package of 24. hope this helps!

  • MaggieMay85 11 Dec, 2008

    I purchased cardamom at Whole Foods. They have a section of whole spices (e.g. not ground spices). I have also found cardamom at my local natural foods store.

  • roxc 10 Dec, 2008

    Where do you find cardamom? I've looked all over stores and cannot find it anywhere. Any suggestions?

  • cherub54321 7 Dec, 2008

    I tried one of these in a cup of hot tea and it was delicious! However I noticed quite a few cheesecloth fibers floating in the tea. Now I'm considering changing my mind about giving these as gifts. The cheesecloth I am using says it's "food grade"--but i got it at a fabric shop. Would I get better cheesecloth in a specialty cooking store?

  • MaggieMay85 5 Dec, 2008

    Where can I purchase cheesecloth? Also, if I use Baker's Twine, will the color bleed into the cider when it steeps?

  • OmaPegi 4 Dec, 2008

    the tins can be found at Hobby Lobby and Michaels craft stores...they come in several sizes.

  • rasaville16 3 Dec, 2008

    Does anybody know where to get tins like the one in the picture?

  • mamatoo 31 Oct, 2008

    a small jar with a decorative piece of fabric

  • PamelaChristmas 13 Oct, 2008

    Our town has a nice flea market every week, and my frined just bought tons of these same holders for her Mary May Business! I'm heading there this week, and will see if iIcan find them, and if iIcan, maybe they'll be nice enough to tell me where they order them from! Thay have to be somewhere out there!

    Pamela Enmark

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    crafts stores

  • LeDineDesigns 11 Aug, 2008

    Try the Container Store.

  • MarthaFanPatty 5 Aug, 2008

    Martha's website team does not answer Q/A ?
    Was hoping to find the Tins also!!!

  • megcurrie 7 Jan, 2008

    I couldn't find the tins, so I used mini Chinese takeout boxes. They were SUCH a hit this past Christmas!!

  • KookyCook 21 Dec, 2007

    Does anyone know where to find plain tins like this? Please help!