Wassail is a delightful winter and Christmas tradition dating back to medieval England. The tradition of wassailing involved going from house to house, singing carols and enjoying a drink of wassail in exchange for gifts with your neighbors. The charming practice, still enjoyed today by some, was supposed to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. It’s great for thirsty crowds over the holidays, and you can create a non-alcoholic version simply by leaving out the Armagnac.
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 2 cups Moro blood orange juice about 6 oranges
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 12 whole cloves
- 12 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup Armagnac
Measure all the ingredients except the Armagnac into a large pot. Bring to a boil for about 45 minutes at a medium high setting.
Remove from the heat, strain, and allow it to cool for about 1 hour in the covered pot. Add the Armagnac.
Serve warm or cool, garnishing cups with a cinnamon stick.