DIY Spice Bags

DIY Spice Bags - makes a lovely Gift

DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. A word of caution - many herbs have medicinal properties and may not be suitable for everyone. Sticking to flavour combinations that are commonplace (for example, ones you might see in the supermarket) would be my suggestion, unless you are knowledgeable in the use of dried herbs. I also recommend that you provide an ingredient list with any home-made items that you give away as gifts, so the recipient can make an informed choice to whether or not it is suitable for them.

DIY Spice Bags - you will need

We used..

Stick of cinnamon
2 Star Anise
3-4 Peices of Mace
6 Allspice Berries
Teaspoon of dried Orange Rind

We popped all of our spice into a Muslin Bag. and tied it securely. Alternatively you could simply tie it all up in a piece of muslin and tie with some kitchen string (bear in mind the blue string soup in Bridget Jone's Diary!) If giving as a gift, add a pretty tag with  a recipe written on it.

DIY Spice Bags - pop in Muslin Bag

DIY Spice Bags - infusing in apple juice

Add it to a litre of Apple Juice and heat it slowly, leaving to infuse for an hour or so for the flavours to develop well. Serve pipping hot. This makes a lovely warming drink for both kids and adults, and can of course be adapted to taste.

In the US, apple juice is called cider, and what we refer to here in the UK as cider, would be hard cider. Happily both would work equally well in this recipe :) We dried our own orange rind for this recipe, it's so easy to do, please do check out our Drying Orange Slices and Peel tutorial. Our Spiced apple juice is also rather yummy with the addition of a tot of Rum, I am sure there are many other additions that would work equally as well :)

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  • Reply Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Oh lovely! This would be a fab gift. I love making mulled wine & a spice bag would come in handy for that! x
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    January 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We did give lots away over Christmas – they are perfect for when you just want a little gesture without going over the top. I’m going to try some herb ones next and adapt them as the seasons change :)

      January 1, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply International Elf Service

    Another post of gorgeous Christmassyness! I’m completely drawn to dried orange slices and cinnamon – a terrible weakness of mine!
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    December 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Its the perfect Christmas combination – we’re putting both of them in everything at the moment, and everyone is getting one of these bags at Christmas. I’ve just been making marmalade so am definitely going though an orange stage!

      December 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm
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