Christmas is fast approaching. Naturally, I think back to my childhood and there are certain family traditions that come to mind. My mother’s wassail was very popular and everyone would look for her to make it when Christmas rolled around. Each year she would pull out the crock pot and prepare a wonderful spicy and citrus drink. She called it wassail. I didn’t know what that meant. I just knew that it was time to make the house smell like Christmas and that as a bonus, I could drink it!
So now, I make it every year at this time, just like she did. It is a blessing to see people enjoying it. It goes down warm. The citrus and spice is so comforting. And, it tastes delicious – not extremely sweet, but well-flavored.
It turns out that the word for wassail is derived from wæs hæil which means to be healthy.
So, all the best to you and your family during this time. And, I leave you with this blessing, in the words of John,
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. – 3 John 2
______________________________________________________________________I really hope that you enjoy this recipe, from my family to yours. If you give it a try, leave a comment below.
Recipe for Wassail from Mom’s Kitchen
Ingredients2 qt apple juice or cider 1 pt cranberry juice 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp aromatic bitters (optional) 2 sticks cinnamon 1 tbsp whole allspice 1 small orange studded with whole cloves
Please everything in the crock pot. I usually start with 1/2 cup sugar. Cook on low for 4-8 hours. (If you are in a hurry, you may cook on high for 1 hour, but I really think it tastes better when left to cook low and slow). Strain to remove orange and spices. Adjust sugar to taste. Serve warm. Enjoy!
- Once, the wassail is strained, slice an orange and float a few of the slices in the top of the wassail for color.
- Serve in a mug with a fresh cinnamon stick, like as a stirrer, for added flavor.
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