Fragrant as a fresh blossom, these mulling spice mix satchels emit a woodsy, earthy, spicy, citrusy, and honeyed berry scent in their little packs. They transform any liquid into a heady blend of holiday-hopped aroma when heated or steeped, and can also be used in place of potpourri, dryer sheets, or sneaker balls to freshen linen closets, drawers, workout shoes, and more. These mulling spice mix satchels come together quickly and easily, and can accompany gifts of red wine, cider, or a soothing care package. Scroll past the recipes to read tips on how to use this spice mix.
Mulling Spice Mix with Triple Berry Collagen
Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 14 bags of mulling spice
- 3 ounces cinnamon sticks
- 6 pieces whole nutmeg
- ¼ cup dried orange peel
- ¼ cup dried lemon peel
- ¼ cup allspice berries
- ¼ cup whole cloves
- 2 tablespoons dried ginger, chopped
- 2 tablespoons white or black peppercorns
- 6 scoops Primal Kitchen Collagen Quench Triple Berry
- Heavy-duty resealable bag
- Double-layer cheesecloth, cut into 14 five-inch squares, or cotton spice bags
- 14, 10-inch lengths of string, if using cheesecloth
- Place cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in heavy-duty freezer bag. Seal bag.
- Pound the bag with a rolling pin, bottom of a skillet, or kitchen mallet until the spices are broken into small pieces.
- Add citrus peels, remaining spices, and collagen to the bag. Seal bag and shake up to combine.
- Place about 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture into the middle of each square of cheesecloth, or until each spice bag. Pull up the sides of the cheesecloth and tie with a string.
How to Use Mulling Spice
1. Use as a Room, Shoe, Drawer, or Car Deodorizer
Instead of chemical-laced sprays, overpriced scented candles, or oil-based diffusers that can’t be put into things like drawers or rank running shoes, place a few of these mulling spice mix satchels to mask odors and emit a spicy scent that lasts for weeks.
2. Grind and Use as a Spice Mix
Place the contents of one mulling spice satchel in a mortar and pestle, and mash until well pulverized. Or, add spice mix to a coffee grinder and blitz until well pulverized. Transfer spice mix to a small glass or metal container with an airtight seal. Use spice mix in:
- Apple Cinnamon Primal Pancakes
- Pecan Sticky Buns
- Autumn Spice Smoothie
- Vanilla Hemp Latte
- Cinnamon Cranberry Muffins
- Low-Carb Pumpkin Bread
- Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Sweet and Salty Primal Trail Mix
3. Make Mulled Wine or Spiced Cider
One bag of mulling spice mix will flavor one 750 ml bottle of wine, or a half gallon of cider.
To make mulled wine, select a middle-grade red wine (not too expensive but not too cheap). The spice can mute the subtleties of a complex wine, so we recommend choosing a dry, bold blend of reds, or a zinfandel, malbec, or shiraz. To make mulled wine, pour a bottle of red wine into a large pot over low heat. Add ⅓ cup of honey, sugar, or sweetener of your choice, if desired, and the mulling spice satchel. Heat for about 20 minutes, stirring sporadically. Ladle the wine into mugs. Discard the spice satchel.
To make spiced cider, pour cider into a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the spice satchel. Bring the mix to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the spice packet. Ladle the cider into mugs.
Serve the warm mulled drinks as a standalone after-dinner drink, a way to warm up after a jaunty snowball fight or frosty outdoor adventure, or to accompany recipes like:
- Cheese, nuts, and dried fruit
- Keto Donut Holes
- Pumpkin Spice Donuts
- Chocolate Fridge Fudge
- Tahini Chocolate Chip Fudge
- Chocolate Collagen Pudding