The darkest day of the year?!
Yep. I love it. For years this beach-bum dreaded the shortest day of the year…until I realized that really all it means is that it can’t get any darker! In other words…longer days, signs of spring, and warmer weather are on their way!
Traditional Winter Wassail
- 7-8 cups organic apple cider
- 2 cups organic cranberry juice
- 10 whole cloves
- 10 allspice berries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 organic orange sliced into rounds (if organic is unavailable, just use a conventional one BUT you will want to peel it first.)
- *Optional: 1 cup dark ale or wine of your choosing OR ½ cup rum or brandy in the pot. If you don’t want the whole pot spiked, you can do splashes of the alcohol in each mug. Since I serve this to my girls too I just add wine to the mug that my husband and I drink from.
- *Optional: organic honey to sweeten if you desire – I usually don’t but it is good!
- Tie up the cloves and allspice in a cheesecloth or small piece of tea towel using kitchen twine.
- Put everything into a large soup or stock pot and bring to a low simmer.
- Lower the heat and very low simmer the mixture for 2 hours before serving. Keep it on low or use a crockpot on low if serving over hours.
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- You could use a slow cooker instead of stovetop to make this too. I would go on low for a good 4 hours or so, and then you can just keep it on low or warm for serving.
- This is a great drink to double up and keep on the stovetop while guests arrive for holiday gatherings. Not only does it make the house smell amazing, but it is a pretty allergen friendly, crowd pleasing drink to serve.
- These are the glass mugs I love to serve our wassail in! I also found these pretty smaller glass mugs that would be nice to have a couple sets of to use for serving at a family gathering or party.
- For tying up the spices I just use an old kitchen tea towel that I have cut up for this sort of thing – they wash out nice and I can re-use them. Cheesecloth works really nice too!