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DIY Spice Bags

DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient.

 

 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. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

 

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 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. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

We used..

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

 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. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

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 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. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

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.

 

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. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

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  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    These are so pretty! And I bet they make the house smell incredible. I love the scent of spice and orange in the winter, it certainly lifts my mood and I don’t have to bake to get the lift! LOL What a great gift these would be!
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    November 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are wonderful smells aren’t they, and they make a perfect little gift :)

      November 23, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Kristy Kapp

    Oh man! YUM! Can’t wait for our weather to get a little cooler!

    November 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s gone much colder here in the UK (apparently we’re being affected by a polar vortex!) so we’ve already enjoyed a couple of mulled drinks in front of the fire – it’s bliss :)

      November 10, 2016 at 9:38 am
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