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Summer Lemon Simmer Pot Recipe

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Look no further! This is the best Summer Lemon Simmer Pot Recipe.

Have you ever had the pleasure of walking into a Williams Sonoma store? There is always a heady fragrance of something simmering or something cooking throughout your shopping experience. During the holidays, this is even more so. This Summer Lemon Simmer Pot Recipe is similar to the one that Williams Sonoma uses. It is perfect for the summer, or anytime you want your home to smell good.

Why make a simmer pot

Personally, I love creating simmer pots throughout the year. Even more so during Fall and Winter. A simmer pot is basically a natural, homemade air freshener. They are made by boiling water with added pieces of fruit, herb, and spices. Simmer pots are very easy to make with items you probably already have in your pantry. The best part is that your home will smell beautifully fragrant.

Yield: 1 large pot full

Summer Lemon Simmer Pot Recipe

Summer Lemon Simmer Pot Recipe

Fill your home with the inviting fragrance of this Summer Lemon Simmer Pot Recipe. Just 4 ingredients simmered on your stovetop create this citrusy aroma!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 TBS vanilla extract
  • 1 TBS of black peppercorns (approximately 20)
  • 8 cups of water


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the lemon, rosemary, vanilla and peppercorns. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce temp to low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered. Add extra water as the water level reduces.

What do you put in a simmer pot to make the house smell good?

When you want to create a fragrant simmer pot to make your house smell good, there are a lot of options. Think of fruit, herbs and spices that smell good to you. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Here are several ideas for you:

  • apples
  • oranges
  • lemons
  • limes
  • grapefruit
  • cinnamon sticks (or ground)
  • cloves
  • peppercorns
  • star anise
  • mint
  • vanilla

Previously I shared with you my Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe. I highly encourage you to make this for your own pantry. It smells heavenly and is delicious in my recipes. The best part is that it is just two ingredients.

Other Simmer Pot Recipes

Once the pot starts to boil, turn the heat down to allow the mixture to simmer throughout the day. Be sure to check the water level as it lowers. Simply add fresh water to the pot.

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