Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cranberry Wassail

It's only two days after Thanksgiving and I am on my third batch of this stuff.  That's how much the family likes it.  Just bottled a half gallon jar to send back with my daughter to college.  I accidentally left the sugar and honey out of my last batch and everyone liked the tartness, so I'll list them as option.  Also good mixed with a little brandy or Southern Comfort.  Strain the leftovers and store in the fridge, then microwave a cup when you want it.

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 gallon cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • 1 orange, sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger.

Combine juices and stir in sugar and honey, if desired. Put cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange in pot.  Bring just to boil, then cut back to simmer.  Add rest of spices, stir, and serve in your favorite holiday mug.  Also works well in the crock pot.