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Old Fashioned Wassail takes apple juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and spices and transforms them into the ultimate winter warm-you-up drink. It’s like a hug from your grandma, but in a cup.
We have a tradition in my house that started in October, but whenever October got too busy because of kids activities it moved to November and now it’s called Mocktoberfest. This is my own made-up holiday. On this day we all get together and go walk down to watch our small town’s holiday parade, we celebrate my sister’s birthday, everyone brings a crock pot of soup, and we spend the whole day talking and eating.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever done a small town holiday parade in north Missouri, but I’ll fill you in on how it goes. You get up pretty early and you go stand outside in the freezing butt cold for a couple hours to watch everyone you know and their uncle on their handmade parade floats and you stand there until you can’t feel your fingers or toes or your nose.
I started making this old fashioned wassail as a way to warm us up when we got back from the parade. Let me tell you there is nothing like walking into my house after standing outside in the cold and just being enveloped with the scent of this rich, spicy, and fruity apple cider drink. It is one of those things that just warms you from the inside out.
Real quick let’s talk about wassail. I need you to help me settle an argument. How do you pronounce this word? Because I say wah-sail, like sailboat. My husband says wossil like rhymes with fossil. The internet says we are both right, which does nothing to settle this debate! So tell me how you say it!
Old fashioned wassail is the perfect drink for any holiday gatherings or parties, because it’s so easy to throw together. Simply pour 2 quarts of apple juice, 1 quart of cranberry juice, and 1 can of Dole pineapple juice into a 5 quart or larger crockpot. Slice an orange into 4-5 slices and stick 5 or so cloves into each orange slice. Add your clove studded oranges and 5 cinnamon sticks to the crockpot and cook it on low for 4-5 hours. That’s it! Easy peasy and it looks so pretty. If you don’t have a crockpot this large, you can make old fashioned wassail on the stove top. Just put the ingredients in a large stockpot and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
- 2 quarts apple juice
- 1 quart cranberry juice
- 1 (46 ounce) can Dole pineapple juice
- 1 orange
- 20-25 whole cloves
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- Slice the orange into 4 to 5 slices. Push 4-5 cloves into each orange slice and set aside.
- Add the juices to a 5-6 quart crockpot.
- Add the oranges and cinnamon sticks to the juice mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve hot.
This recipe can also be prepared in a large stockpot on the stove top.
If preparing on the stove top, simmer on low for 25-30 minutes.
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