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25 Days of Christmas – Stove Top Christmas Potpourri

From Half Baked Harvest:

Stove Top Christmas Potpourri


1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

3 tangerines, halved

3 whole cinnamon sticks

2 star anise (optional, gives a strong black licorice smell)

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 inch piece fresh ginger

1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 small branch fresh pine

1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice




Combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed. I let mine simmer for close to 4 hours and then let it cool overnight and simmer again the next day. Just be sure to keep adding more water.

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