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Wassail


Wassail
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Makes 4 Quarts (36 ½-cup servings)“Here we come a wassailing among the leaves so green!”Ama and Nana served this recipe at many Christmas parties. You can keep the wassail warm during the party in a crock-pot or beautiful pot on the stove. 

1 quart water (4 cups)
2 C sugar, or agave


Make spice bag (i.e. wrap up in cheesecloth, and tie closed) of:
2 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
1 piece fresh ginger
8 Allspice (optional)

In large serving pot boil the above for 5 minutes. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Take out spice bag (and strain, if needed). 
Just before serving, add juices and bring quickly to a boil: 

2 C lemonade (or juice of 8 lemons)
3 C orange juice (or juice of 10 oranges)
2 quarts apple cider or juice
1 can apricot nectar (optional)
1/3 C real butter (optional)
Orange slices or small apples studded with cloves for garnish (optional)*

Remove from heat (add optional butter here).
If serving from a large punch bowl, float clove-studded orange slices or small apples.  Keep warm on stove or in crock pot; serve HOT.

*Or put a sugar cube that has been tossed in cinnamon in the bottom of each cup before you pour the wassail in.

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