Thursday, October 13, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Apple Cider (Wassail)

The word Wassail refers to several related traditions; first and foremost is wassailing which is an English tradition that is performed with the intention of ensuring a good crop of cider apples for the harvest. It also refers to both the salute 'Waes Hail', a term meaning literally 'good health' or 'be you healthy' and to the drink of wassail which is a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of the wassail ceremony.

Fall is the time of year when apples are abundant so instead of posting a delicious apple pie, apple butter or apple crumble recipe, I found a wonderful wassail recipe which is spiced up (if you know what I mean) and can be made in your crockpot.


Wassail/Apple Cider Slightly adapted from All Recipes

  • 1 Gallon apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • Allspice
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 C - 1 C brandy (optional)

Set our crock pot to low. Pour in cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar and mix. As it begins to heat up and the sugar and honey dissolve, add the orange slices and cloves. Next, add the diced apple and the spices.

Cover your crock pot and let simmer for 2-4 hours.

To serve; add a shot of brandy to a mug and pour the cider mix over the top. You can always leave out the brandy if you choose.