Apple Wassail

This recipe has been perfected throughout the years. Made with fresh apples, apple cider and delicious spices, it is sure to be a family favorite.

Yield

16 servings

Ingredients

1 gallon apple cider
6 apples, cored and cut into 1 inch chunks
4 (2 inch) whole cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon anise seed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Directions

Combine the cider, apple chunks, and cinnamon sticks in a large kettle and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat down to low and add the mace, anise seed, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and brown sugar. Stir to combine, and simmer for 20 minutes until the spices have developed their flavor.

Drop in the orange and lemon slices, simmer for 5 more minutes, and turn off the heat. Ladle the wassail punch into mugs and serve hot. Include a few pieces of cooked apple or a cooked orange or lemon slice in each mug.

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