I had never tried wassail, but my husband insisted it was a holiday neccesity, to I was determined to make it. I was glad I did! Adapted from the Belgian Wassail recipe from MyRecipes.
6 clementines (or 2 oranges. I used what I had...)
2 lemons
1 gallon apple cider
1 C sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole allspice

Combine cider, sugar, and spices in slow cooker. Squeeze juice from lemons and oranges into mix, and let rinds float in the cider mixture. Cook on High for 1 hour, then keep warm until ready to serve. Strain out solids.

I let a lemon rind continue to float in the wassail as a colorful garnish. The fruity, citrusy warm spiced drink was perfect to share for Christmas dinner- and made the whole house smell good!


ashley @ twentysixcats said...

I had this at Christmas, too. Susan's husband made it. It was SO sweet! He made it a bit differently, I think... He used cranberry juice and tang, in addition to the apple cider. I'm sure he also put some spices in. It was good, though. :-) Now I know the meaning behind the song!

HowToMe.com said...

Definitely a winter tradition :) You've got a smart husband. Glad you enjoyed the wassail!