The delightful little stained glass disks are a lovely reminder of the sun that is returning during Yule.
The dominant scent of the potpourri is the licorice aroma of the star anise, but then the oranges, cloves and cardamom come through in layers with a delicious and warming aroma. Fill a small pot with water and the ingredients and let this potpourri simmer on the stove for hours (make sure your water doesn’t boil away, refill water as needed!), the smell will fill your home. This is the perfect spicy and cozy wintertime potpourri.
Dried Orange and Clove Simmering Potpourri Recipe
3 Cinnamon Sticks
5 Whole Star Anise
3 Dried orange slices with cloves (or fresh orange slices with ¼ tsp cloves)
½ Tsp Ground Cardamom
2 Bay Leaves
½ Tsp Orange Peel
- Place the ingredients into a small pot of water on the stove.
- Set the burner to a low setting like “2” or “3”, and let the blend simmer.
- (Keep an eye on the pot and make sure it does not run out of water or it will burn. You can keep adding water to the pot for several hours. These spices will last.)