Have you ever tried wassail? It's a hot, apple-based drink usually served around Christmastime. The picture above is my in-laws' dinning room table set for Christmas dinner, with teacups about to be filled with wassail. In my opinion, wassail is great at any time of year (especially the dreary days of February).
This recipe is simple, but oh so delicious! You can make it in a crock pot (or any type of slow cooker) or on the stove.
1 gallon apple cider
2 cups orange juice
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon allspice
Slow Cooker Instructions:
Combine ingredients in slow cooker, and stir. Cook until hot (approximately 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low), stirring every 30 minutes. You may need to adjust the time depending on the strength of your slow cooker. Ladle into mugs or teacups, and serve hot.
Some people leave their wassail in the slow cooker all day on the lowest setting. (It makes your house smell wonderful if you do.) If you choose to do that, I definitely recommend keeping an eye on it and stirring it every 30 minutes.
Stove Top Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot, and stir. Bring to a boil, and turn heat down to a simmer. Cover, and cook 20-30 minutes. Again, make sure to cook the wassail until it's hot so the flavors have time to combine. Ladle into mugs or teacups, and serve hot.