I LOVE Christmas!
And I think coming up with drink recipes is so much fun! My G-ma used to have big family Christmas parties and at the time I didn’t appreciate the hot cider and wassail she used to make for these gatherings. However, I felt a little reminiscent and wanted to create a wassail to add to my holiday drink collection. The warm apple base, sprinkled with citrus flavors and full spice profiles of cinnamon, cloves, and a hint of star anise. Yum!
Corona is putting a damper on our normal holiday gatherings, but we just have to get creative in spreading holiday cheer. So, I have an idea that we can still have a festive holiday drink at your work party, or you can just deliver them to people to add a little festivity to their day. Put the wassail in a mason jar with lid and a cute tag with reheating instructions on the back, attach with a little holiday ribbon and spread some holiday cheer!
Here is the recipe tutorial:
8 cups (1/2gallon) Apple Cider
¾ cup brown sugar
6 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
6 oz can frozen lemonade concentrate
12 whole cloves
6 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Make a cheesecloth spice bag and place cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise in it and securely tie.
Combine apple cider, sugar, juice concentrates and nutmeg into a slow cooker. Stir ingredients to combine and place spice bag in slow cooker. Heat on high 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Garnish with apple or oranges slices before serving. Serve warm.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 5 days and reheat in microwave for 60-90 seconds.
If you are looking for other holiday drink inspirations watch these videos:
Christmas Punch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfngyDHokos
Apple Spice Drink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_o7aa0HQaM
Holiday Drink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP_WZQeJqKs