How to make holiday simmering spices

tree lightsChristmas brings with it some wonderful smells.  The aromas of cookies baking, gingerbread cooling, hot cider simmering.  They bring with them a warm and cozy feeling that you just can’t get any other time of year.

One simple way to fill your house with the scent of the holidays is to make a pot of simmering spices.  It’s easy to throw together, and if you keep adding water, it will last for several days.  This would even be a great hostess gift.  Simply tie the spices up in cheesecloth with a pretty ribbon, and the recipient can add their own orange peel.

If you have a grocery store nearby that sells spices in bulk, that is the easiest and cheapest way to gather everything.  I bought mine at Sprouts and each bag of spices cost less than $1.00 and will make multiple portions.
holiday simmering spices

What you will need:
-8 black peppercorns
-6 whole allspice
-8 whole cloves
-2 cinnamon sticks
-1 whole orange peel

Directions:  Toss all ingredients into a small saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a simmer.  Add water as needed throughout the day.

That’s it! Simple right?


What’s your favorite Christmas scent? 



  • Jenny @ December 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I love doing this! And I usually just throw in whatever smells good at the moment. In September I’ll use an apple from the orchard that has a worm in it and wouldn’t get eaten otherwise and slice it up with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. So cheap and way more potent than any candle I’ve ever bought!

  • Kristen @ swanky dietitian December 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    This sounds excellent!! I just love holiday spices!
    So easy too!!