During the winter, I love to have a pot simmering on the stove filled with quintessential seasonal aromatics that make my home smell welcoming and festive. Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of showcasing some last-minute decor ideas on WGN News and this (along with a few others!) was a hit in the newsroom! My Simmering Winter Potpourri does just the trick! Things like cinnamon, orange, rosemary, and even Balsam branches gently release their fragrance in spiced apple cider and fill the air with the most wonderful scent. The best part is all you need to do is add more apple cider or water as needed and your home will smell like a wintery wonderland!
Happy Holidays - from me to you!
Simmering Winter Potpourri
Apple Cider – 2 cups
Water – 3 cups
Orange – 1 large, sliced ½-inch thick
Rosemary – 3 springs, fresh
Balsam Branches – 8 small springs
Cinnamon Sticks – 3
Cloves – 10, whole
Add all of the components to a saucepan and bring to just under the boil. Then, reduce the heat to simmer. Allow the aromatics to simmer throughout the day or evening, adding more water and apple cider as necessary.