Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mom's Christmas Wassail

3 1/2 c. sugar
2 qts. water

(Boil about 5 minutes and turn off heat.)

Put the next ingredients in a sack cloth, cheese cloth, or even a clean pair of nylons or knee highs! (This used to freak me out!)

2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ginger

Soak the the ingredients (that you put in the cloth) into the water/sugar syrup for 1 1/2 hours.

Add:
4 qt. apple cider (pre-made)
2 qts. orange juice (mixed with water)
juice of 4 lemons (or 1/2 can lemonade concentrate..not mixed with water)

Mom would leave a few slices of lemon and let them float. Heat and serve hot.

Christmas in my house growing up brings happy memories of mom making hot wassail, Grandma Gunnersons Ginger filled cookies, sugar pops, peanut brittle, toffee, caramel popcorn, and sugar cookies. What a happy childhood I had.

This makes A LOT! So be prepared to either half the recipe, serve at a holiday party, or share with your neighbors! Enjoy!

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