This hot Wassail, or spiced cider, is a Christmas tradition. It is apple juice, orange juice, and spices, and combines to make a warm, comforting, festive Christmas punch. This is a family favorite, and should definitely be on your holiday drink menu.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows how much I love a good beverage. Despite not drinking alcohol or coffee, I find myself frequently in line at Starbucks, or ordering off the drink menu when we go out. A good mocktail, a flavored soda, or a hot drink is something I can’t get enough of. And probably responsible for a few of the extra pounds I carry.
I have a friend who doesn’t drink anything but water, and she says it is because she would rather save her calories for dessert. Me, I do both. And it is drinks like this Wassail that are the reason.
A Christmas Holiday Tradition
At Christmas time, I rejoice in all the warm and fuzzy feelings, the hot chocolates, the spiced ciders, and the Christmas punch that I get to drink. And you guys, this is my favorite of the lot. This Wassail recipe is one my in-laws make every year at Christmas.
We gather at Christmas Eve to exchange gifts, eat soups, and spend time as a family, and there is always a crockpot full of this perfectly spiced, sweet and tasty hot wassail.
And I am always the first in line to fill a cup and sip the night away.
If you visit my house in December, chances are you will find a pitcher of the stuff in my fridge, just waiting to be poured into my favorite mug and steamed or microwaved.
The combination of spices like cloves and cinnamon just give it that extra special Christmas-y feeling, and the other ingredients just make it delicious.
I love to cozy up on the couch, turn the lights down low, and get the Christmas lights on. I turn on my favorite Christmas songs, and start a fire in the fireplace. Then I sip, and relax, and just enjoy the season. To me, Hot Wassail, is Christmas. It is as much a part of my Christmas tradition as gift giving and Santa. And so I share that tradition with you.
I hope you love this delicious Wassail drink as much as I do.
Other beverages that you might enjoy:
- Healthy Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
- Canada Dry Ginger Ale and 7UP Punch Recipes
- Cucumber Mint Mojitos
- Black Cherry Dragonfruit Mocktail with Blackberry Mint and Lime
- Mango Orange Mojito (Virgin)
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- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 2 cups Orange Juice
- 12 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- Put everything in a slow cooker, and slow cook all day.
- My favorite slow cooker is this Hamilton Beach brand. It's big enough for all of my recipes and will automatically switch to warm when my recipe is done cooking.
- But for Wassaill just let it do it's thing and enjoy the scent of the Christmas season.
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