Christmas can be a busy and stressful time for many. However, once all of the holiday hustle is somewhat managed in my life I try to embrace Christmas as a time to reflect and enjoy the beautiful things in my life.
Drinking Wassail gives me that same reflective feeling. Wassail evokes memories of being with my family and enjoying each other's company. This ancient drink has beautiful roots that ultimately means to be "full of health." Recently my days, like many others, have been busy, and I wanted to take some time to slow down and I thought this drink would do the trick. I wanted to make a modern version, and I loved what Jen did with her simple Wassail recipe. I added a little more spice to my concoction and as you can see below this recipe was very simple, yet it gave me the same nostalgic feeling I was after. This recipe not only tasted fantastic, but it made my house smell like Christmas.
For Christmas Wassail, you will need:
8 Cups of Apple Cider
2 Cups of Orange Juice
1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice (Juice of 3 Large Lemons)
5 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
15 Whole Cloves
1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
*Simple Tip: If you are squeezing the lemons place your hand under the lemon flesh so that you catch any seeds before they enter your juice.
Combine all of your ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for about an hour.
As Jen mentions, you can certainly half this recipe if it is too large for you. I placed my leftovers in a pitcher and enjoyed a mug the next day.
I hope this Wassail allows you some time to relax this holiday, and that it brings you good health this season.
You can find my Magnolia Market Campfire Mug here