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Spring lilac simmer pot

Spring lilac simmer pot with lilacs and lemons

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There is just something about the smell of fresh lilacs, it brings me right back to my childhood as a little girl, picking lilacs from my grandmother’s lilac bush. I would love to bottle up the scent. I have been really into simmer pots lately and got the idea for this spring lilac simmer pot once my lilacs bloomed.

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is a basically a pot of water, fruits, herbs and spices that you simmer throughout the day to fill your home with a nice aroma. Simmer pots are really nice around the holidays with warm spices like cinnamon and clove but they can be enjoyed all year long. In the spring and summer I like to do more uplifting scents like citrus and thyme or rosemary.  (Another one of my favorite simmer pot combos is rose petals, grapefruit, and peppercorn, you can see it here).

Spring lilac simmer pot

You will need:


1.) Start by slicing a lemon.

2.) Add the fresh lilacs and lemon slices to the pot.

Spring lilac simmer pot

3.) Fill with water.

spring lilac simmer pot

4.) Put on the stove, bring to a simmer and then lower the heat.

Spring lilac simmer pot

5.) Allow to simmer for 3-4 hours, you can add more water as needed to avoid drying out.

Spring lilac simmer pot

Note – as the ingredients simmer, the lilacs will lose their purple color but will still hold their fragrance.

Linking my glass simmer pot below, click the photo

Glass Saucepan with Cover, 1.5L/50 FL OZ Heat-resistant Glass Stovetop Pot and Pan with Lid, The Best Handmade Glass Cookware Set Cooktop Safe for Pasta Noodle, Soup, Milk, Baby Food

This would also be a sweet gift for Mother’s Day or a housewarming. You can see my holiday simmer pot gift I did in the past here to give you some inspiration.

If you love lilacs, then you need to try my lilac lemonade. Sharing the recipe here.

And for more ideas on how to use lilacs, check out this post here. I’ve got lilac ice cream, beauty reigmens and more.

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Spring lilac simmer pot

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  • Reply
    Andrea Nine
    May 12, 2023 at 7:48 am

    I’m going to try this! I can only imagine how divine it smells!

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    May 12, 2023 at 9:55 am

    I bet this smells just like summer, Nicolle! I love your glass pot too. It’s so pretty. Happy Mother’s Day, CoCo

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    Kim Carberry
    May 12, 2023 at 10:13 am

    This sounds lovely! I’ve never heard of a simmer pot before.

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    Renae Frey
    May 12, 2023 at 10:52 am

    This is such a great idea. I love it.

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      May 12, 2023 at 11:11 am

      thank you Ranae! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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    Susan Scampini
    May 12, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Such a great idea Nicole. I love the idea of using such fragrant flowers as lilacs. Thank you for sharing.

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    Pamela Hinely
    May 13, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Love this! Would this work in the small crockpots too? I use it in the winter season all the time with fruit, spices and water. Makes the house smell amazing. Would love other recipes to use.

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      May 13, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      ooo that’s a good idea! I haven’t tried it but I imagine you probably could!

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    May 15, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Now I know what to do with all of my lilac bushes!!

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    Nancy Andres
    May 15, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    What a clever idea. I saw at Senior Salon Pit Stop #261. My shares are #108 through 111. Hope you’ll check them out. Warm regards, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

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    Esmé Slabbert
    May 16, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you from your Vroom Vroom Team for sharing your links with us at SSPS. Please check back on Monday to see if your content has been featured.

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    Susan Sikes
    May 17, 2023 at 6:41 am

    I bet this smells amazing! I’m going to have to try and find some lilacs!

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    Karen Kasberg
    May 17, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    My lilac bush is just about to bloom so I will definitely give this a try. Can you share where you purchased the glass pot? It is beautiful! I’ll be pinning this for later use 🙂

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      May 19, 2023 at 6:08 am

      Hi Karen! Yes the pot is from Amazon! I have it linked in my blog post 🙂

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    Sim's Life
    May 25, 2023 at 10:08 am

    What a fabulous idea! I generally just use hot water and Zoflora in my sink but this is a lovely way to help your home smell fresher ! Sim x #SSPS

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      May 27, 2023 at 5:58 am

      oh I have never never of Zoflora I’m going to have to check that out!

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    May 7, 2024 at 9:48 am

    Oh This must smell wonderful! Makes me want to plant a lilac bush in my yard. Enjoy your day!

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    Elena Wiggins
    May 9, 2024 at 7:50 am

    What a fantastic idea! I love the smell of lilacs! I don’t simmer scents over the stove, but I think I need to try it out when we are home all day sometime soon

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    May 11, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    I’ll have to give this a go, it sounds like it will smell lovely. Thanks for linking up with #pocolo

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    May 12, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    This looks so lovely, I adore the smell of lilac. Promoted at the weekend on Twitter and FB as one of my featured posts. Thanks for linking at Is This Mutton.

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    Julie Briones
    May 13, 2024 at 10:34 pm

    I wish we had lilacs available in abundance here in So Cal… but not so much in my county! Love this recipe, and happy to be featuring your post on TTA this week! Pinned!

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    Create With Joy
    June 23, 2024 at 9:42 pm

    Wonderful idea – beautiful photos – congrats for being featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! 🙂

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