Wazzzzzaaaaaail? (Spiced Apple Cider)

According to an article on Wiki, historical wassail recipes were actually closer to mulled beer than the spiced apple cider we enjoy around the modern Christmas table.   (See this article over at Realbeer.com for a more in-depth history on mulled beer.)

The medieval recipe shared in this Wikipedia article is as follows:
Sugar
Ale
Ginger
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Heat in a large bowl and top with pieces of bread, for sops
Wait, whaaa?
I prefer not soggy slices of bread in my beverage, thank you.
So, I don’t really know if Spiced Apple Cider is called Wassail, or Mulled Cider, or Spiced Apple Cider, but whatever the historically-correct name, I want to share my family recipe (sans sops) with you for your own holiday enjoyment.
Hot Spiced Apple Cider
or
Wassail
or
Mulled Apple Cider
or
Whatever, just don’t put bread in it.

You will need:
A very large stockpot
A tea leaf infuser or some cheesecloth and twine (to contain the spices.  trust me, not fun to fish ’em all out individually…)
  • 1 Gallon apple cider – I have also used unfiltered apple juice and gotten very enjoyable results.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves

  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tangerines or lemons, thinly sliced and any seeds removed.
Heat all ingredients to boiling.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, or place on lowest heat setting in a crock pot, if you plan to have it warm all day.
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5 thoughts on “Wazzzzzaaaaaail? (Spiced Apple Cider)

  1. chanelle, seriously, your pictures are stunning in this post.

    go you!

    and *GAG* i HATE solids in my beverages. i never understood people who put graham crackers or biscuits in their milk and then drank it. i don’t even dip Oreos.

    no. ick.

  2. um, wow. *blushes* hee! thanks! i was actually having a rough day with my photography and almost gave up! so seriously, your comment just made my new grey hairs worth all the trouble, haha.

    oh, and about solids in beverages: i once made the mistake of ordering some chocolate-chip-coconut-or-brownie-bits-something-or-other frappuccino-concoction at sbux one time and nearly choked to death on all the little pieces floating around in my cup. seriously. leave solids out of liquids. it is for the safety of others.

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