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  •  World's Simplest Wassail Recipe (1+ / 0-)
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    emmasnacker

    I just made two batches of this today and it's great. Makes the house smell nice too.

    16 parts apple cider (or apple juice)
    2 parts orange juice
    1 part lemon juice
    whole stick cinnamon (1 stick per 2 cups/500 ml of apple cider)
    whole cloves (2 cloves per 2 cups/500 ml of apple juice)

    Mix the apple juice, orange juice and lemon juice in a crock pot or large pan. Add spices. Heat until warm but not boiling. Serve warm.

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    Notes:

    1. I used fresh-squeezed orange and lemon juice. Why not? (I didn't have the wherewithal to squeeze the cider, sorry)
    1. For simplicity's sake, this works out to

    1/2 gallon apple cider (or 2 liters)
    1 cup orange juice (or 250 ml)
    1/2 cup cup lemon juice (or 125 ml)
    3-4 sticks of whole cinnamon
    8 cloves or so

    1. Somebody please check my math on the metric stuff. I'm pretty sure 2 cups works out to about 500 ml without getting all anal about it.

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    by Omir the Storyteller on Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 01:11:41 PM PST

    •  Omir, I'm with ya, but (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not a fan of Orange Juice in my wassail.

      Try this:

      Two quarts apple juice or cider
      1 whole nutmeg
      6-8 small cinnamon sticks
      1 tbsp whole cloves
      1 1/2 tsp very finely minced ginger

      Grate nutmeg over very fine grater about 12-15 times (makes 1/4 to 3/8 tsp fresh ground nutmeg)
      Crush cinnamon sticks
      Mash cloves a bit with the back of a spoon
      Mix spices. Pour juice over into microwaveable dish (I use a 5-qt Pyrex mixing bowl).

      DO NOT COVER.

      Microwave 10 minutes. Serve hot (you can strain this through a very fine sieve or paper filter if desired).

      (this can also be made in a very clean heavy stock pot)

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      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 06:32:28 PM PST

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      •  Yep, that sounds good too (0+ / 0-)

        Find what works for you, that's the key. My wife likes the recipe I posted above -- she says the citrus cuts the sweetness of the apple cider. But your recipe sounds good for a cider-only recipe.

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        by Omir the Storyteller on Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 11:06:17 PM PST

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        •  Thanks, Omir -- for too-much sweet, (0+ / 0-)

          I'll use extra ginger -- it does something that's almost like salsa!

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          by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 26, 2008 at 04:19:18 PM PST

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