Make Your Own Simmering Spice Holiday Stovetop Potpourri {great hostess gift too}

I love to simmer this mixture on the stovetop as I’m decorating for the holidays {or getting ready to entertain} – It’s smells delicious!

1 Fresh Orange {sliced}
1 Fresh Lemon {sliced}
4 Cinnamon Sticks {broken up}
3 Tablespoons of Whole Cloves
2 Tablespoon of Whole All Spice
1 Tablespoon of Ground Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon of Ground Cinnamon
4 Cups of Water

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and heat on the stovetop until it reaches a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer and keep an eye on the water level; if it gets low – add more. {lasts up to 2 hours}

This also makes a great little hostess gift. I would suggest making this the day of and keeping in the fridge – it should be used within a day. Simply add the ingredients to a glass jar {minus the ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon – you can attach these in a small bag to the jar or simply leave out for the hostess to add}. Since most canning {or recycled spaghetti sauce} jars will only hold 2 cups of water, the rest will have to be added when used. I have created a few printable labels you can attached to the jar lid {found here} – They include the directions as well as instructions on adding the additional ingredients. {to print – click the download button and select the high resolution option}

This makes the whole house smell yummy ~ Enjoy!


  1. This sounds heavenly! I think I’m going to have to do this when friends come over to decorate gingerbread houses!!

  2. Oh my, I must try this. Thank you for posting this!

  3. MMMMMM I can almost smell it. Must put those ingredients on my grocery shopping list today.
    Thanks for the printable.

  4. My Mother in Law aften has one of these brewing on her stove in the winter, it’s one of the best things about this time of year.

  5. oh what a neat idea to bottle it up as a gift! I grew up with my mom putting apple cider, sliced oranges, & cinammon sticks on the stock…and i do it now in my own home! oh the aroma makes me nostalgic 🙂 But the spices, whole cloves and nutmeg would add a delightful touch. I’m excited to try it

  6. My grandmother always had a pot of spices going around the holidays!

    Love this and thanks for the recipe!


  7. My mom and I were just talking about this the other day. Thanks for reading my mind and sharing this recipe!

  8. this is fantastic! thanks so much for the recipe. ever since going to a williams sonoma last year where they had something similar simmering on the stove i’ve been wanting to do this at home. can’t wait to try it now!!


    ps.. your pics are gorgeous! 🙂

  9. I love things like this. So much healthier (and better smelling!) than those store-bought air fresheners 🙂

  10. Coucou !! Cette recette a l’air super !!! Ca doit sentir super bon !!! Merci pour toutes vos idées !! Joyeux Noël !!

  11. Going to do this right now! I have all the ingredients and am feeling the need for some aromatherapy. Thanks for the inspiration :).

  12. WOW, now this would add a wonderful scent to the holidays Ÿ Thanks so much for the recipe.

  13. Okay, total mistake! I have everything simmering. My house smells A-mazing but now I really, really want some mulled wine. Hubs is on a run to get more ingredients so we can make some of the real stuff :).

  14. I love this idea for a hostess gift! Something new and different!

  15. I have got to try this!

  16. Very cool. Thanks for providing the lid print outs. I’m thinking neighbor gift along with some cookies. 🙂

  17. In the summer when lemons and oranges are cheap, I dry a bunch. I can then make these up ahead of time, I put the spices in little baggies and just add a note to add the water and simmering directions. I can then just grab as I’m walking out the door

  18. Hi! I’m new to your blog. I was on Pinterest and found this recipe. I have been wanting to try a homemade potpourri for a while now but today it was a must since I made fish last night and it stunk the house up and even candles weren’t doing the job of getting rid of it. Well I made your recipe this morning and my house now smells delicious. Thank you sooooo much! I shared your blog link on my blog for those who would like the recipe. Have a great day!

  19. Question:
    I am from Germany and not used to these scents. But I love to do this.Do I keep the boiled ingredients in the jar in water all of the time (that meeans when used? ) So I just open the jar to have the Christmas-Breeze in the house?

    Thanks a lot!!

    Kind regards


  20. Maybe dehydrate the sliced fruit when. it’s a gift so it wouldn’t spoil so fast? Can’t wai to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Maybe dehydrate the sliced fruit when. it’s a gift so it wouldn’t spoil so fast? Can’t wai to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Lovely idea. I have all these ingredients and will be making it today. 🙂


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