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Spice Bags

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Servings: 8
Categories: Non-Alcoholic Beverages

    4.00 Cinnamon sticks (3-inch)
    0.25 c Whole cloves
    0.25 c Whole allspice

In a folded kitchen towel, coarsely crush cinnamon sticks with a rolling pin. In a small bowl, combine crushed cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice; stir to blend well. Cut eight 4-inch squares of cheesecloth. Place one level tablespoon of spice mixture in the center of each square; bring corners together and tie with string to make a bag. Store in airtight container in a cool, dark place. To use: Add one spice bag to each quart of apple juice, cider, or red wine (or use 2 bags for a more robust flavor). Heat beverage; simmer 15 minutes. Remove spice bag. Serve beverage in individual mugs with a cinnamon stick as a stirrer. Sweeten to taste. Note: These can be used as gifts--arrange bags in a covered decorative tin and tie with a ribbon, or enclose the spices in a plastic bag and tie to a bundle of long cinnamon sticks, a cider jug, or a bottle of red wine. Include a recipe card with directions for use. Makes 1/2 cup spice mixture, which is enough for 8 bags. Source: Nancy H. King, Indiana Cooperative Extension Service

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