Friday, December 23, 2011


When I was young and living in Indiana, it was always cold and often snowy at the holidays.  We always enjoyed this fruity wassail.

6 cups apple cider (or juice)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 can (18-oz) unsweetened pineapple juice
1 small can frozen orange juice,thawed & diluted as the container directs
1 orange cut into thin slices for garnish

In a large saucepan heat the cider with the cinnamon stick, bringing to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, covered.  Remove the lid and stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice and peel, pineapple and orange juices.  Simmer an additional 5 to 8 minutes to heat thoroughly.  Serve in a pretty punch bowl with the orange slices floating atop the wassail.

Note: file photo

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