Around the holidays we love to make holiday wassail, apple cider, and other delicious hot and lightly spiced beverages.
But you don’t want to drink down the chunks of spices that make these beverages incredibly tart and lightly spiced. So I’m going to show you a simple pictorial on how to make a spice bag to make your own incredible wassail or other delicious holiday beverages.
How to Make A Spice Bag
Create a spice bag by using a double-thick, 100% cheesecloth:
Unravel the cheesecloth. You’ll see that it is already folded over to make it double thick. If that’s not the case, then fold yours in two:
Cut a 6 x 6-inch or 8 x 8-inch square of cheesecloth of the double-thick cloth:
Add your spices to the center of the square. I use chunks of orange peel, broken-up cinnamon sticks (about 8), whole cloves (about 8), and whole allspice (about 4):
Bring up the corners of the cloth to create a satchel:
Using kitchen twine or string, tie satchel closed with a double knot:
Trim off the edges to about 1-inch in length. It doesn’t need to be exact.
Place spice bag in your Crock Pot with your liquids to simmer. Cook on high for a couple of hours or on low for double the amount of time. Discard the satchel when ready to drink:
Simple, ay? More importantly…DELICIOUS! Add an orange peel and cinnamon stick for garnishment to individual drinks: