I love warming the kitchen with a simmering pot of spices on the stove. The whole house smells of cinnamon, cloves, and apples.
To make your own simmering spices, fill a pot on the stove with water and add the following: sliced apples, sliced orange (peel on), two cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of clove, pumpkin pie spice, and allspice. Bring to a boil and then turn to lowest setting to simmer for an hour or two. You’ll humidify your kitchen in the cold of late autumn and winter, and you’ll provide the best smelling welcome to weary family returning from school and work.
While we don’t drink this concoction, you can find similar recipes for mulled cider like this one: Mulled Apple Cider.
Enjoy smelling the mulled spices and, if you wish, adding them to apple cider for a delicious warm beverage.