Holiday Wassail

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:

Holiday Wassail

  • Servings: 10-12
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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:

Apple Spice Drink:

Holiday Drink:

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