Dad's been making this for as long as I can remember. On chilly holiday mornings the scent fills the house, and its so wonderful. This is close to Dad's recipe, but I sort of improvise my own based on what I have in the house and whatever scent I want to be strongest.
As soon as the temp drops below 70, its on the stove, simmering away pretty much every evening. I absolutely love this smell and the warmth and comfort it seems to give the house. Its extra easy to make and you can tweak it to bring out whichever spices you love the most!
In a small pot 1/2 filled with water I put:
very little bit of lemon juice
cinnamon sticks/ ground cinnamon
very little vanilla
very little almond extract
This is just my little mix for fall/ winter 09, and there's no set QTY of each ingredient to use, just sprinkle a little bit of everything in, and see how you like it. If you want the cinnamon or orange or clove to be more prominent (my favorites), go nuts! Just let it sit on the stove and simmer.. you'll have to add more water eventually , but when you do, then re-up your spices.
It really does make your house smell like you're cooking something amazing.