Sweet Winter Aroma…Homemade Mulling Spices

So I’ve had several requests from friends to share the secret that makes my house smell so nice during the holidays….or really throughout the winter for that matter.  It’s January 8th and I’ve got a pot of my homemade mulling spices simmering on my stove top right now.  I love using natural things to their fullest potential and this does just that.  It’s a delightful aroma that puts me in a better mood and adds a little joy to my life as I go about my daily life responsibilities, but also adds a little festivity when we have guests over.  I also enjoy packaging the ingredients up in a cellophane bag and pretty bow and give as hostess gifts or little thought gifts during the holidays.

So here’s the “recipe,” if you will:

    • One orange
    • 3/4 cup of fresh, whole cranberries
    • 3-5 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 T whole cloves


    • Cut orange into quarters.
    • Place orange and all other ingredients in a small pot and fill with water.
    • Simmer on low heat.
    • Continue to add water throughout the day to continue enjoying the sweet and spicy aroma.
    • (If giving as a gift I type these directions up and tie onto the bag of ingredients.)

Tip: Cinnamon sticks can get expensive if you buy a small jar from the spice aisle of your normal grocery store.  I would suggest buying these in bulk if you plan on making this more than once or if you decide to package these up to give as gifts.  One time I ordered cinnamon sticks as well as whole cloves in bulk online from www.bulkfoods.com and paid $8.49 for one pound of 3” cinnamon sticks.  Since they have a long shelf life….like 5-8 years, it was totally worth ordering them.  This year I found a 9 oz. jar of cinnamon sticks (that’s about 75 sticks) at our International Farmers market that cost $3.49 for a 9 oz. jar….score! That was actually cheaper than the small jar of 6 cinnamon sticks that I found on the spice aisle at my local grocery store.  So it definitely pays to buy these wisely.

I hope this sweet aroma delights your senses!

Britt initial


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3 thoughts on “Sweet Winter Aroma…Homemade Mulling Spices

  1. Printing this out & putting it at the top of one of my Christmas bins for next year! Thanks, B! Loving the blog!! Hugs!

  2. I tried this yesterday and it was divine! Our house was already retaining a bit of a bleachy smell from being cleaned. Then the plate in the microwave got dislodged which created some stinky smoke when I baked a potato for lunch. Not a pleasant atmosphere for me or my husband, who was trying to work from home! How perfect that your blog post came when it did. I immediately remembered your simple remedy and realized I had each of the ingredients on hand. I started simmering and within minutes the aromatherapy began its good work. Our house quickly smelled like comfort, and happy childhoods, and holidays, and nature, and HOME. Thanks again for sharing!

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