This is called “My Wassail” because when the kids need the recipe they always ask me, “What’s the recipe for your wassail?”
So here’s the recipe for My Wassail…
I use organic sugar, cider and anything else I can to make me feel a little bit better about this sugar fest. 🙂
In a large stock pot or slow cooker, combine:
1.5 cups of white granulated sugar
3 cups of water
8 whole cloves
3-4 cinnamon sticks (depends on the size)
1.5 cups orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 gallon apple cider (apple juice is ok just not as rich as cider)
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
*The rind from the lemon and oranges give a good balance of tart to the sweet.
Stove top: Bring to a low boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat and simmer for an hour or so.
Crockpot: Put all ingredients in a large crockpot and cook on high until sugar is dissolved. Then simmer on low for at least an hour but you can leave it in your slow cooker for much longer and serve from it.
This is one of those recipes where you taste and add. So start with less of something if you’re unsure and you can always add more.
I like to keep a dish of red hots beside the mugs when serving. The red hots give it a stronger cinnamon flavor and make it a pretty red color.
Be sure to serve the liquid only. Downing a whole clove is not enjoyable or tasty.
Refrigerate leftovers (liquid only) and reheat. Leaving the cloves and cinnamon and other bits in the liquid for too long will make the flavors too strong.
We love to make mulled wine the real way but if you want a cheater version of mulled wine, add a bit of red wine (whatever kind you like) to your mug before adding the wassail. Maybe about 1 part wine, 2 parts wassail. Drink responsibly.
Now “My Wassail” is your wassail too!