Basic Wassail Bowl Recipe
1 gallon apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 t. whole allspice or several hearty shakes of powdered allspice
1 t. whole cloves
1/2 t. grated or powdered nutmeg
1 large orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Sugar, to taste
Optional: Rum, brandy, mead or the ends of all those dusty bottles lurking in the liquor cabinet (do skip the peppermint Schnapps), to taste of course
Combine cider with spices and fruit slices and heat over a low flame until warm and steamy. Simmer gently for 1 hour or more. The longer you simmer it, the spicier the brew. Add sugar to taste. Strain the mixture through a sieve, although purists may prefer to imbibe their wassail chunk-style.
When ready to serve, remove from heat and add spirits. Serve hot. If you are using a Crock Pot to keep the wassail hot, use the low setting to prevent alcohol from evaporating.
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