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Spice Bags for Warm Winter Drinks

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  • 8 sticks cinnamon, broken into small pieces
  • 2 whole nutmegs, crushed
  • 1/3 cup whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup minced dried orange peel (or 1/4 cup ground)
  • 1/4 cup whole allspice berries
  • Optional: garnish with cinnamon sticks, slice of orange, lemon peel


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Tie in sachets of 1 tablespoon each in a double thickness of cheesecloth; transfer to an airtight container.


One sachet of the mixture will flavor 1 quart of cider, tea or wine.

To use, simmer 1 quart of the chosen beverage with 1 sachet for 20 minutes; ladle into mugs. If desired, add a garnish or a sprinkling of additional spirits.