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DIY Holiday Pot Simmer

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the smells: pies baking, tea brewing, rich spicy aromas from all of the outdoor elements being brought inside… heavenly. A few years ago, I went to a Thanksgiving party hosted by one of my guy friends, and while I was lending a hand in the kitchen, he showed me how he kept his house smelling amazing hours after the last of the baking had been done. He used something called a pot simmer, which is combination of aromatics that are heated¬†to simulate that delicious holiday scent. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, but here it is for you, my recipe for a Holiday Pot Simmer.

unnamed-1 Ingredients:

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 tbsp of whole cloves


  • Combine ingredients in small sauce pan and cover with water.
  • Place the pot on the stove and bring the contents to a simmer.

That’s it! Now you will have to check on your pot from time to time to add additional water, but this is largely a set it and forget it situation.

If the idea of leaving something simmering on the stove makes you a little uneasy, you can use a crockpot. Easy peasy.


While this is my recipe of choice, feel free to switch things up a bit. You could add a little vanilla or switch out the orange for a couple of lemons; you could even take things a bit more earthy by adding rosemary or pine to your pot. Play around and find which brew is right for you.