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Wassail, perfect beverage for celebrating the winter solstice

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Wassail is an ancient mulled beverage that is drunk to ensure a bountiful apple harvest the following year. It often is served at winter solstice celebrations. Here is an easy version that tastes and smells great.


2 quarts apple cider

2 cups orange juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

12 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1 pinch ground ginger

1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • In a slow-cooker or a large pot over low heat, combine apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice.
  • Season with cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • If using a slow cooker, plan on allowing it to simmer all day.
  • Serve hot.
  • A cinnamon stick used as a stir stick is recommended.


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