It seems unfair that winter and Christmas get the most nostalgic smells, when really all seasons have their own delicious scent. When I think of summertime, I don't only think of the feel of the sunshine on my skin, or the golden haze that fills the sky, but also the smell of honeysuckles, bright citrus, and freshness. I wanted to try to capture the joy that I feel from the smell of the beautiful outside and bring it inside. Because of my forever love of summer beer, Ruby Redbirds, I wanted to incorporate grapefruit into the simmer because it embodies summer for me. Once you put all of these together, your house will smell like sunshine. If you've never made a house simmer, now's the time to try! I'm sure your house smells awesome as your windows usher in a fresh breeze, but add this simmer cooking on your stove and that fresh breeze will become the enriched aroma of summer.
Sprigs of rosemary
3 tablespoons of vanilla
Notice I didn't put the measurements on some of the ingredients. This is because you can really use your own discretion as to how powerful you want the scent to be. I put about 6 sprigs of rosemary, and about 8 eucalyptus leaves. If you want your smell to be lighter, include less rosemary. First fill up your pot of water about half full. Then you will cut the grapefruit in slices. In addition to the slices, cut some to where you just have the rind available to put into the mixture.
Now it's time to dump everything into the pot. Put in the grapefruit slices, shredded coconut, and vanilla. Then with the rosemary, you can put in some full sprigs and some smaller pieces. Do the same with the eucalyptus, shred some parts of the leaves and leave some intact. Eucalyptus was surprisingly easy to find in my local market grocery store, but if you can't find any, substitute with another smell you like. I think lime or lemon would be a perfect addition.
After all of the ingredients are dumped into the pot, just allow the water to simmer. You can keep the simmer going all day by adding in water anytime it's getting low in the pot. I loved this smell and love making house simmers. It's a simple way to add something beyond a candle. Enjoy!
Happy Eats My Sweets,