Christmas Wassail (Nonalcoholic)
|A simple, but satisfying, hot Christmas punch which I usually
serve as the nonalcoholic alternative to my Christmas Eggnog.
This, of course, is not an original recipe, but it's been in a card
file, copied in part from my mother, for a long while—perhaps from
one of my Grandmother Deitz's recipes given to my mother. But it
was so long ago.
traditionally is a an alcoholic drink, of northern European origin.
My Grandparent Deitz's were definitely prohibitionists, and rather
strict Baptists. My parents were of a similar ilk when I was
young, but were known to drink wine and beer in later life.
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 sticks cinnamon
1 gallon fresh apple cider
2 cups orange juice
1 cup fresh lemon juice
- Peel orange and lemon, making a spiral of the rind as much as possible. Insert cloves into the rinds.
- Combine the rinds, cinnamon sticks, sugar and apple
cider in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set
- When it is time to serve, add orange and lemon juices. Warm to
steaming. Do not boiling. (I have a large crock pot I use to keep
punch hot until time to serve, then I place in a punch bowl).
Makes 5 quarts.