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Dec 16, 2013

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Easy Tasty Wassail

Easy Tasty Wassail

After all the hustle and bustle of putting up the holiday decorations and braving the crowds shopping, here’s a hot and tasty beverage to warm you from the inside out.

Wassail has a long a storied history with many traditional ingredients.  During this time of year, I’ve tasted several different versions from tart and tangy to sweet and spicy – some even spiked!  I wanted one I could make with ingredients I usually have on hand in my pantry and refrigerator.  On a recent cold afternoon, this is what I came up with . . . it was delicious.  Family and friends approved!

Easy Wassail Punch

3 quarts apple cider

3 cups of orange juice

1 lemon, sliced

1 tbsp cloves

4 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish)

2 in. piece of peeled and quartered fresh ginger

½ tsp of ground nutmeg

In a crockpot, combine all ingredients.  Bring to a boil on high heat.  Reduce to simmer for 1 hour to allow for the flavors to meld.  Serve hot with cinnamon stick as garnish/stirrers.  This is a great beverage to start early in the day and have ready for warming up family, friends and guests.  If need be, to keep the pot going, simply add additional juices – the flavor develops and become more complex as the spices infuse the mix. 




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