Enjoy one of these Wassail recipe at your next Christmas party or other holiday party. Wassail recipe #1 has alcohol, Wassail recipe #2 doesn't.
10 small apples
10 teaspoons brown sugar
2 750 ml. bottles dry sherry or dry Madeira
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (see info on our Vegan Egg Nog page)
1 teaspoon dried ground ginger
3 whole cloves
small stick cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup brandy
Core apples and fill each with one teaspoon of the brown sugar. Bake in a pan with 1/8" water for 30 minutes, at 350 degrees.
Combine Madeira, spices, sugar and water in a heavy pan and heat gently. (Do not simmer or boil, you just want it nice and warm, and you don't want to destroy the alcohol.) Remove from heat. Strain. Add brandy. Pour into a hot glass bowl, and float the apples on top.
- based on a recipe from House & Garden Drink Guide, November 1973
1 gallon apple cider
20 whole cloves
Several small sticks of cinnamon, or a couple of large ones, broke into 3 or 4 pieces.
1 can (6 or 12 ounce) pineapple juice concentrate, preferably unsweetened
1 small can orange juice concentrate
Mix ingredients together in a large pot. Heat until warm. (Do not simmer or boil, you just want it nice and warm.) Add to a warmed punch bowl, or serve it in a crock pot, turned low to keep it warm.
If you like, you can bake some apples as in recipe #1, and float them on top.
Want a more authentic look but don't have a Wassail bowl? How about substituting a ceramic punch bowl?