How to Make A Spice Bag for Thee Best Holiday Punch

Around the holidays we love to make holiday wassail, apple cider, and other delicious hot and lightly spiced beverages.

How to Make A Spice Bag for Thee Best Holiday Punch |

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:

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:

Unraveled cheesecloth

Cut a 6 x 6-inch or 8 x 8-inch square of cheesecloth of the double-thick cloth:

Cut an 8-inch square of cheesecloth

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):

Add spices to the center of the square of cheesecloth


Bring up the corners of the cloth to create a satchel:

Bring up four corners to form a satchel

Using kitchen twine or string, tie satchel closed with a double knot:

Seal the satchel with twine


Trim off the edges to about 1-inch in length. It doesn’t need to be exact.

Trim off the edges of the spice bag

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:

Place satchel in crock pot to simmer


Simple, ay? More importantly…DELICIOUS! Add an orange peel and cinnamon stick for garnishment to individual drinks:

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About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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