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Holiday Wassail

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'Tis the season for all things spicy and warm.  We Harris Sisters have introduced you to a Crockpot Wassail once before.  Now, we bring you yet another version to try.  This one can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker- whichever you prefer, or have time for.

I made this wassail for the Thanksgiving weekend this year, and the whole family really enjoyed it, including my somewhat reluctant husband.   So, I'm thinking of adding it to the Christmas rotation as well because it just screams of the holidays to me.

Holiday Wassail

1 gallon apple cider
4 cups orange juice
4 earl grey tea bags
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole cloves
1 Tbsp juniper berries
2 inch piece of fresh ginger (cut into slices)
1 apple (sliced)
1 orange (sliced into rounds)
Brandy (to serve)

  1. Place all ingredients, except the brandy, in a dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Then let steep for 10-15 minutes.  Alternatively, place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for an hour and a half.   Remove tea bags.
  2. To serve spiked, pour two ounces of brandy into a glass and top with hot cider.  Otherwise, serve as is.  It's delicious either way!
This makes a large batch of wassail, but this recipe can easily be cut down if you need less.  It also keeps well in the refrigerator.  Just strain to remove all fruit, tea bags, and spices.  Then reheat by the cupful in the microwave.
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