It’s so wonderful to have a delicious, warm drink to sip when the weather gets cold! This tangy recipe is an old favorite of mine that I get out whenever we’re getting together with family at holiday time. I make it at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many times in between. It’s a big hit and is becoming a firm family tradition.
1/4 C evaporated cane sugar, or brown sugar
2 C water
6 cloves, whole
4 allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 inch slice ginger root (or 1 tsp powder in a teabag)
2 C orange juice (And 5 drops wild orange essential oil if you have it. I’m sorry if you don’t. It’s divine!)
1 C cranberry or grapefruit juice (optional)
1/2 C lemon juice or 5 drops lemon essential oil
1 quart (4 C) apple juice
dash pure stevia extract (optional)
Combine sugar, water and spices in a large pot.
Bring to a simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Strain out spices and add juices.
Bring to a simmer again.
Remove from heat and serve, or keep the pot on low and serve for a few hours.
Double this recipe for a crowd.
If you already drink wassail, please share your favorite variation with me.
If not, you will LOVE this!
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