Christmas Simmer Pot

Let the aroma of the holidays surround your home with this do-it-yourself Christmas Simmer Pot. Its sweet and spicy fragrance gives off the most comforting holiday feeling!

Happy holidays, foodie friends! Welcome back to Aileen Cooks – a blog where I connect with moms through delicious recipes, projects, and family-friendly travel. I’m so glad to have you here today!

The contents of a Christmas simmer pot in a small glass jar, sitting on top of a wooden board, surrounded by additional fresh ingredients

For today’s recipe, I have something a little more different than what you’re used to. Usually, when you find me in the kitchen, I’m cooking-up a storm and making good use of my favorite appliances like my air fryer and Instant Pot.

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Today, I am presenting you the best Christmas Simmer Pot out there! I can’t wait to show you how it’s done.

Got Any More Holiday Recipes and DIYs?

I am so glad you asked! When it comes to the holidays, I’m all about playing hostess, so I’ve got a lot of recipes and DIYs on my repertoire. I’ve listed some of them here:

Christmas Cookie Dip

Christmas Moscow Mule

Festive Christmas Truck Wreath

Grinch Sugar Cookies

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Mantel

A holiday simmer pot poured into a small glass jar, sitting on top of a wooden board and on a holiday placemat, surrounded by ingredients like cranberries, apples, and cinnamon sticks

What is the Point of a Christmas Simmer Pot?

A Christmas simmer pot allows you to fill your home with the delicious smell of the holidays. Once the ingredients are added to the water and come to a boil, it releases all of the fragrances that the ingredients have to offer. With the right combination, you can fill your home with a beautiful holiday-themed aroma.

Bird’s eye view of a simmer pot, filled with ingredients like cinnamon sticks, apples, cranberries, etc.

Can I Re-Use a Simmer Pot?

Absolutely! All you have to do is cool down your simmer pot’s ingredients, and store them in an air-tight container. Whenever you’re ready for another Christmas simmer pot, all you have to do is add them to a sauce pan filled with water and bring it to a boil. We recommend keeping the ingredients for up to 5 days.

Do You Recommend Any Ingredient Alternatives?

Absolutely! I love my mixture in particular because the grapefruit and blood oranges give off the most unique and sweet smell. However, I can also recommend the following ingredients:

  • Cloves
  • Anise
  • Bay leaves
  • Pears
  • Vanilla
  • Ginger

A Great Alternative to Candles

Lately, I’ve been making very good use of simmer pots to make my home smell great! In fact, I’ve been using them more often than I use candles. I find they make a great alternative to candle burning. First of all, they’re a lot safer than traditional candles (especially when you have young children). Not to mention, many candles in the market contain lots of chemicals to achieve their smell. Simmer pots use 100% natural (and edible!) ingredients – so I feel better using them in our home.

A holiday simmer pot poured into a small glass jar, sitting on top of a wooden board and on a holiday placemat, surrounded by ingredients like cranberries, apples, and cinnamon sticks
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Christmas Simmer Pot

Let the aroma of the holidays surround your home with this do-it-yourself Christmas Simmer Pot. Its sweet and spicy fragrance gives off the most comforting holiday feeling!

Course Christmas
Keyword aroma, christmas, christmas simmer pot, DIY, simmer pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 simmer pot
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 1 pink grapefruit sliced
  • 1 blood orange sliced
  • 1 red apple sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 2-3 pine tree branches
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot half way with water.
    Ingredients to a make a simmer pot for Christmas, presented on a round wooden board, with a chef’s knife and a holiday-themed placemat
  2. Combine all ingredients into the pot.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer to allow the liquid evaporate into your house. (This is where the yummy smell happens!)
    Aerial view of a simmer pot, filled with ingredients to give a holiday-themed aroma, sitting atop a holiday-themed placemat
  4. The Christmas simmer pot ingredients can be cooled down and stored in a container to be re-used one more time within a few days.
Let the aroma of the holidays surround your home with this do-it-yourself Christmas Simmer Pot. Its sweet and spicy fragrance gives off the most comforting holiday feeling!

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