With the holidays upon us, many turn to other beverages at parties, such as punch, eggnog, and wassail. The Victor crew wanted to look into wassail a little more and find out more about it.
According to Wikipedia, it is mulled cider. The name comes from “Waes Hail”, a simple greeting. Earlier versions used warmed mead – ale brewed with honey with roasted crab apples. Later it became mulled cider with added sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
Our favorite wassail recipe follows.
2 quarts apple cider
1 cup pineapple juice
12 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, and undiluted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Place the the juices and brown sugar in a large pot or slow cooker. Stir well. Place the spices in a small cheesecloth bag and add to the liquid. Cook on low heat in slow cooker for 5-6 hours or about 1 1/2-2 hours on stove. Remove spices and pour into mugs. You can garnish with fruit slices or additional cinnamon sticks.