This is a favorite beverage you’ll find steaming in our kitchen throughout the holiday season. The original recipe is from my mom-in-law and called for frozen orange juice and lemonade. We prefer the freshly-squeezed, pulpy version.
Packed with Vitamin C, this wassail is the perfect antidote to those holiday sniffles and sore throats.
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 gallon apple cider
8 oranges, juiced
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup Fruit Sweet or honey (depending on natural sweetness of oranges)
1. Tie spices in cheesecloth (I had no cheesecloth so used a triple layer of gauze). Instead of buying expensive jars of spices that will set in your cupboard a long time, consider buying small amounts of spices in bulk. I ended up using mulling spices from the Whole Foods bulk department and added some ground cinnamon and whole cloves to the mix.
2. Juice oranges and lemons.
3. Combine apple cider, citrus juices and spice bag in a crockpot or heavy pot on the stove.
4. Stir in sweetener to taste, float some orange slices on top, and heat until simmering. DO NOT BOIL. Remove bag of spices, which can be frozen and re-used a couple times.