I wanted to wait until my son, Curran was home for Christmas to celebrate! Yay, he’s home!
No Fret Cooking author & musician, wife and husband, and dear friends Marilynn and Steve Carter hosted a book launch party for Successful Nurse Communication (SNC) with my close friends this past week-end. We had a great time and everyone raved about the Healthy Wassail! (They were excited about SNC too!:) )
Marilynn and Steve gave permission to share the recipe with Confident Voices in Healthcare’ readers!
And soooooooo with happy, safe holiday wishes from all of us!
Yields approximately 6-7 cups
No Fret Cooking! pg 227
“Wassail refers to several traditions the most common being an ancient Southern English celebration with the intention to ensure a good crop of cider apples for the next year’s harvest. Its name also refers to the salute ‘Waes Hail’. The term itself is a contraction of the Middle English phrase, ‘waes haeil’ which literally means ‘good health’ or ‘be you healthy’. The drink was traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season, and the one we now enjoy sharing with friends and family on cold winter evenings to warm the heart and spirit.
4 cups apple juice or cider (cook’s choice-organic)
1 cup cranberry juice (cook’s choice-organic)
1/3 cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 and 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves , about 40 or as needed
1 small orange, stud with cloves
3-5 slivers fresh ginger, thinly sliced (optional)
1 lime, thinly sliced and quartered (optional)
3/4 cup rum (optional)
For this recipe I use a crock pot. (If you don’t have a crock pot, see directions for stove top in tips below.) Place juices, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, orange that has been studded with cloves, ginger, and rum in crock pot. Cover and cook on low setting for 2-8 hours. About an hour prior to serving add lime slices so they have a chance to soften, add extra flavor, and color when served. While wassail slowly cooks all day, your house will be filled with wonderful aromas. Fill mugs and add a bit of the fresh fruit. Here’s to your health!
Recipe is appropriate for small crock pot. If you have a large one, double the recipe.
No crock pot? Simply place all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 2-4 hours.