Wassail is a variation of mulled cider that is often associated with Yuletide. In old England “Wassailing” encouraged a good crop of cider apples the following year. While modern wassail is much like an alcohol-laced mulled cider, it was probably either mulled beer or meade originally. This version of the Yuletide punch is non-alcoholic, however, and uses brandy and rum flavoring (usually found near the vanilla extract in your supermarket).
This recipe is adapted from a 1954 “quick and easy” cookbook. Except for the cider and orange, all of the other ingredients are “to taste.” There are no measurements listed in the recipe.
- Whole cloves
- 1 orange
- 2 quarts apple cider (not apple juice)
- Stick cinnamon
- Brandy flavoring
- Rum flavoring
- Slices of lemon and orange
- Stick whole cloves in orange about 1/2” apart. Place in a casserole dish with about 1/2” water.
- Bake the orange for 30 minutes in a 350ºF. oven.
- Heat cider with stick cinnamon to boiling. Add the brandy and rum flavoring.
- Place in heat-safe punch bowl with the orange, cinnamon sticks, and lemon and orange slices floating in it.
- Brandy and rum flavoring are usually found near the vanilla extract in your grocery store.