This year we have all faux Christmas trees in the house, and the one thing (maybe the only thing) I miss the most about real trees is the smell. There are few things that smell as comforting to me as the aroma of Christmas. Thankfully this fragrance can be replicated. We have some lovely candle wax warmers that we like to plug in but one of my favorite ways to infuse the air with the scents of Christmas is with a homemade Christmas simmer recipe! Not only is this lovely to have in your own home, but it also makes a charming homemade gift. Best of all, you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.
Here are the ingredients that I used to make my Christmas Simmer Potpourri:
- Fresh Cranberries – I used about 4-6 ounces.
- Star Anise
- Whole Cloves
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Oranges (the peels are what you’re after)
- Rosemary Sprigs
For quantities use the amounts you want, use more or less of certain items depending on the scents you want to accentuate. A little tends to go a long way…
If you are bagging this up to give as a gift, I recommend placing whole oranges in the bag and putting the smaller items in a plastic ziplock type of bag (those cloves will love to run all around in the bag!).
To enjoy: simply fill a pot 3/4 full of water and place contents of bag in water (peel the orange and place the peel in the pot then enjoy the fruit!).
Sometimes I like to
dump sprinkle in some Chinese 5 spice powder – it is super aromatic! Simmer everything over very low heat as long as your heart desires (but please don’t leave a pot unattended on your stove, and for safety sake, turn it off at night and when you’re leaving the house). This is great in a crockpot too!
There are no right or wrong ingredients per se, just grab whatever items you have on hand and bundle them up to gift to your friends and neighbors or store for your own enjoyment. The cranberries tend to last longer in the fridge so I recommend keeping the bags cool while storing.