Is there anything more comforting than a mug of Hot Wassail? If you’ve never had wassail, it is a must try recipe for the holidays. Wassail is a delicious hot mulled cider, with plenty of tasty spices. This wassail recipe uses apple cider, orange juice and pink lemonade. (I like to throw in a handful of cinnamon red hot candies for added color and flavor!)
It’s the perfect beverage to serve at a holiday party because it smells so good while it’s simmering on the stove top.
Here’s my recipe!
In a large pot, combine and bring to a boil:
2 cups sugar
8 cups water
20 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 ginger root, sliced
(If you prefer, you can add *ground spices in place of the whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and ginger root – then, there’s no need to strain it! When I make it this way, I add 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. If you like it spicier, add more according to your taste.)
Boil 2 minutes. Strain (*you don’t need to strain it if you make it with the ground spices.)
8 c. orange juice (not concentrate!)
4 c. pink lemonade (not concentrate!)
1 gallon apple cider
a handful of cinnamon red hots candy
Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until candies are dissolved. Serve hot.