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
Makes 1/2 cup spice mixture, which is enough for 8 bags.
Source: Nancy H. King, Indiana Cooperative Extension Service