By Deborah Ann Spence
Recipe For Open Houses. A universally appealing recipe sellers could prepare for open houses to make their homes more inviting is a classic pot of simmering cinnamon apple cider. It’s not only easy to prepare but fills the home with a warm, comforting, and welcoming aroma that is appealing to a wide range of people. Learning this recipe is a great way to prepare for the 2024 Housing Market. Here’s a simple recipe:
Warm Cinnamon Apple Cider Recipe for Open Houses
- 1 gallon of fresh apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 apple, sliced into half-moons
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of whole cloves or 1/4 cup of brown sugar for added sweetness
- Prepare the Cider Mixture:
- Pour the apple cider into a large pot on the stove.
- Add the cinnamon sticks and whole nutmeg to the pot.
- If using, sprinkle the whole cloves or add the brown sugar.
- Add Fruits:
- Slice the orange and apple and add the slices to the pot.
- The fruits will not only add flavor but also look attractive as they simmer.
- Turn the stove to a medium-low setting and allow the cider to heat up gradually. You don’t want it to boil; just to be warm enough that it steams and releases its aroma.
- Serve Optional:
- If you plan on offering the cider to guests, set up a small serving station with cups, a ladle, and a note inviting guests to help themselves.
- Keep Warm:
- Keep the cider on the lowest heat setting during the open house to ensure it stays warm and continues to waft its delicious scent through the home.
- Safety First:
- Make sure the pot is in a safe place where it can’t be knocked over and there’s no risk of someone getting burnt.
Note for the Sellers:
Mention that the pot of cider is a small token of appreciation for their visit and suggest they enjoy a warm cup as they tour the home.
This recipe is particularly effective in the fall and winter, providing a cozy and “homelike” ambiance. However, it’s also adaptable; in the spring or summer, you might opt for a fresh lemonade infused with mint or cucumber to give a refreshing and clean scent to the home.
Selling your home quickly, takes creativity and innovation. This recipe in just one of the tools you will need in your toolbox. Of course, it’s always great to hire a professional who uses the above techniques regularly. Fierce Realty Corp group of Housing Warriors are ones who do just that. Happy Selling.
Check out my article on home scents.