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two glasses of wassail

Traditional Festive Wassail


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 13 cups 1x

Description

Festive wassail is a traditional homemade recipe that is perfect for Christmas or anytime in the winter.  Use your crockpot or stovetop to make a big batch of nonalcoholic holiday party punch.  Combine five fruit juices and the mulling spices, then let it simmer.  Before you drink this piece of English history, toast to a healthy, happy holiday.


Ingredients

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For the Wassail

  • 4 cups apple cider (946 ml)
  • 4 cups orange juice (946 ml)
  • 2 cups cranberry juice (473 ml)
  • 2 cups pineapple juice (473 ml)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 2 large room temperature lemons (118 ml)
  • 1/2 cup lemon rind, from 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup orange rind, from 1 navel orange
  • 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed (150g)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice berries

For Garnish

  • 1 red apple, sliced crosswise to make a star in the center
  • 1 navel orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves (3 per glass)

Instructions

Stovetop Instructions

  1. For easy removal, place the whole cloves and whole allspice berries in a double-layered square of cheesecloth.  Tie with kitchen twine to make a spice sachet.
  2. Pour the apple cider, orange juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice in a large pot, then add the brown sugar and spice sachet.  Cover and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. While the pot is coming to a boil, peel the ginger root by scraping it with the edge of a spoon and slice it into thin coins.  Score the lemons and oranges in four to six sections, then peel, reserving the fruit for another use.  Slice the peels into 1/4 or 1/8-inch strips.  Squeeze the juice from 2 large room temperature lemons.
  4. Once the juice comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium low.  Stir in the ginger root, citrus peels, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks.  Cover and simmer for one hour.
  5. Remove the spice sachet and cinnamon sticks, as the flavor will be too strong if you leave them in for too long.  (If you didn't use a spice sachet, just pour the wassail through a sieve set over a large bowl.)  Add the citrus peels back to the wassail for color and flavor.
  6. If desired, garnish each cup with a half a slice of orange and a few whole cloves.  Serve hot.

Crockpot Instructions

  1. For easy removal, place the whole cloves and whole allspice berries in a double-layered square of cheesecloth.  Tie with kitchen twine to make a spice sachet.
  2. Peel the ginger root by scraping it with the edge of a spoon, and slice it into thin coins.  Score the lemons and oranges in four to six sections, then peel, reserving the fruit for another use.  Slice the peels into 1/4 or 1/8-inch strips.  Squeeze the juice from 2 large room temperature lemons.
  3. Add all the ingredients into the crockpot.  Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, or on low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove the cinnamon sticks, citrus peel strips, and mulling spice bag with a slotted spoon or by pouring the wassail through a sieve set over a large bowl.  Keep the citrus peel strips and discard the cinnamon sticks and mulling spice bag.
  5. Pour the strained wassail back into the crock pot.  Garnish with three slices of orange and apple, and a few fresh or frozen cranberries.  Cover and keep on warm.
  6. If desired, garnish each cup with half a slice of orange, apple, and a few cranberries.  Serve hot.

Notes

  • To easily remove the spices, place them in a spice bundle by wrapping the whole cloves and the all spice berries in cheesecloth.
  • Leave the lemon and orange peels in larger sections instead of slicing to 1/4 inch pieces if you're short on time.
  • Make wassail for friends and family to give as gifts.  Make sure to add a gift tag.  Stuff  mason jars with orange and apple slices, and a few cranberries.
  • Leftovers?  Wassail can be frozen in an airtight container and leave about an inch of head space to allow for expansion.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: wassail recipe with cranberry juice, wassail recipe

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