How to Make Wassail (a Warm Punch)

There are a number of traditions associated with the term “wassailing,” some good, some not so good, but for many, the term suggests warmth, family gathering, and Christmas cheer. Here is an easy way to make this warm punch that will fill your home with its spicy fragrance.

Ingredients

  • One gallon apple cider
  • One can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, optional

Steps

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    Warm apple cider in a stock pot.
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    Add frozen orange juice concentrate.
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    Wrap whole allspice and whole cloves in cheesecloth or a tea ball.
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    Add this spice packet to pot along with the cinnamon sticks.
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    Simmer for one hour.
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    Remove spice sack and cinnamon sticks.
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    Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, if desired, for more sweetness.
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    Serve warm, garnished with orange slices.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Once the punch is ready, you can keep it warm for serving using a crock pot.

Warnings

  • Be careful when handling hot punch; it can scald you!

Things You'll Need

  • Large stock pot
  • Cheesecloth or tea ball

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Article Info

Categories: Christmas Cooking