One of the special touches of the weekend was a big steaming pot of Wassail set out for anyone who needed a bit of holiday cheer. Nothing says "Holidays!" quite like Wassail. Warm apple and spices being sipped out of lovely little mugs, with Nat King Cole being played in the background. Yum! As a kid my mom would make Wassail a lot. Every Christmas, but she would also make huge jugs full to take up skiing every Sat. morning to Snow Basin. We would ski all morning and then head down to the car for hoagie sandwiches or Spam sandwiches, and steamy cups of "Grog" as my dad would call it. We would all act like we were a bunch of drunk pirates drinking our Grog. Fun as heck!
So as the holidays have started, Cheers to all, and enjoy your cup of Wassail too! Here's to a great start to the most wonderful time of the year!
10 whole cloves
11 whole allspice berries
3 cinnamon sticks
1 inch chunk of fresh ginger
1 quart water
1 c. sugar
Bring all these ingredients together and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
2 quarts apple juice (or 1 qt. apple juice and 1 qt. cranberry juice is real good!)
1 6 oz. can of lemonade concentrate
1 12 oz. can of orange juice concentrate
Stir together and heat through. Enjoy! I leave the spices in the mix, but you can strain them out if you don't want to dodge them while you're drinking.