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You have probably heard of wassail, though you probably don't know what it is. Let me jog your memory...
"Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green!
Here we come a-wandering so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail, too!
And God bless you and send you a happy new year.
And God send you a happy new year!"
Okay, so you've heard of wassail. Now what is it?
Traditionally a spiced apple-based punch used for toasting health to friends and family. The oldest recipes include raw whipped egg in your mug before pouring the wassail on top. I'm not using egg in this recipe, though it might be worth trying some time.
I made this on Sunday for our after-church potluck and it was a HUGE hit! It smells absolutely divine, too. If you make it at home you won't need to light any scented candles before company arrives.
Wassail (makes about 2 gallons)
1 gallon apple cider
4 cups orange juice
2 cups pineapple juice
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 tsp ground nutmeg
4-5 sticks cinnamon
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 cup (or large handful) fresh cranberries
About five slices of orange
Put everything into a large crock pot or large pot on the stove. Slowly warm until just below simmering. The longer it steeps, the more flavorful it gets. I let mine cook on low for four hours before the potluck and it was delicious!