Now that Thanksgiving is over…the countdown for Christmas begins! Jack Frost came and visited us on Thanksgiving Eve, leaving the trees and branches with a coating of ice that looks like blown-glass. The little droplets of frozen water are enchanting, and it was the perfect ambiance for getting out the Christmas tree and decorations.
Once the winter scene was set, I thought why not enjoy with the smells of Christmas, too? I love these cozy Winter Mulling Spices – they are so simple and easy, and leaves your house smelling wonderful! All you need are: mulling spices (or whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries), orange peel, cranberries, and a few sprigs of rosemary or Fraser fir (I just cut off a few from our tree). Not to mention, they make a really great Christmas gift, too!
I used pint size jars for storing, and then I added some festive ribbon to give as a gift. All I had to do was put about 1/3 c. mulling spices in the jar, then I added the orange peel, then the cranberries, and lastly the fir sprigs. Keep them in jars and giveaway, or use right away by adding about 1 c. water and heating over low. It can literally be on the stove top all day – just add water as needed. Enjoy this fresh winter scent!
- 1 cup mulling spices (allspice berries, whole cloves)
- 4-6 cinnamon sticks
- 2 c. orange peel
- 2 c. cranberries
- 8 sprigs of rosemary or fraser fir
- Store ingredients in air-tight container (such as a mason or pint jar) until ready to use.
- First add: mulling spices & cinnamon sticks, then orange peel, cranberries, and finally fir sprigs.
- When ready to use, pour out desired contents into a saucepan. Add approx. 1c. water and heat on low.