I’m dreaming of a white Christmas… But it’s just a dream, because the truth is that the ground is brown and bare! Oh well – Merry Christmas anyways, Friends! Jesus birth can be celebrated no matter the conditions outdoors!
Snow or not, the air temperature is frigid, so a hot cup of wassail is in store! Cold days and warm drinks are a fabulous pair. (Although large snowflakes drifting from the heavens would definitely add to the ambiance!)
When I slipped out from under my warm bed covers this morning and pulled on my robe, I went to the kitchen and mixed up a tasty little wassail recipe. And I’m happy to report that it’s been a big hit with both the children and adults in our home all day long today. I found several recipes on-line and used them to come up with this original (based on what I found in the house!). It just may be a new Christmas day tradition.
In a crockpot, put the following:
6 oz. concentrated orange juice (1/2 a can)
64 oz. of apple juice (1/2 gallon)
2 cups of cranberry juice
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup cane sugar or honey
1 teaspoon of each of the following- nutmeg, ginger, and allspice
½ Tablespoon of cinnamon
Let it simmer for 2 – 3 hours before serving. Leave on ‘warm’ all day long! Leftovers (if there are any) can be kept in the fridge for 4 -5 days and reheated. In my opinion, it’s delicious!
As the old wassailing carol goes, love and joy come to you both today and in the coming year! -A happy homemaker
Here We Come A-Wassailing
Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you
a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.