One of my most favorite memories of childhood was walking to my older cousin’s house in the mornings, bright and early, before school. We lived in the ‘woods’, as we say here in Texas, so we had to walk quite some distance down a long dirt road just to catch the bus. Yes, sometimes those stories your parents tell are true about walking to school.
Anyway, she was old enough to use the stove and would make her version of Wassail to warm us up on those cold winter mornings.
She’d boil apple juice with a couple of cinnamon sticks then pour it into a coffee mug filled with a handful of red-hots…yes, the candy.
I’d stir and stir and by the time the candy melted, the Wassail had usually cooled enough to drink. It was so yummy.
Well, my tastes have matured over the years and so has the recipe I like for Wassail. I thought I would share this one with you in hopes you may recall or perhaps even start some winter memories of your own. Enjoy!
3/4 c. sugar
4 c. water
12 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
6 oz. orange concentrate
6 oz. lemonade concentrate
1 qt. apple cider
4 cans water – 6 oz.
Heat water, sugar and spices in a large 5 quart pan. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove spices. Add orange and lemonade concentrate, apple cider and 4 cans water. Heat thoroughly.
NOTE: If you want to boil apple and/or orange slices along with the spices, it will make it even yummier.
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