Holiday Wassail is one of the best beverages invented. Wassail means “to your health” so you basically are doing your body a huuuge favor each sip you take.
I may be jumping the gun a little, but I was ready to enjoy this delicious wassail – not Thanksgiving, not tomorrow, but TODAY! It’s cinnamon-y, lemon-y, wine-y, holiday-y, cozy-y and everything you would want it to be-y. Too much? Wassail is perfect for the upcoming crisp season that needs to get here sooner rather than later!
My aunt is basically famous with this recipe and brings the wassail to our annual Fall Picnic each year without fail. It’s so delicious so I figured it was time to attempt it myself so I didn’t have to wait. Patience at its finest. I followed the recipe that my aunt has used through the years with all of her notes scribbled beside it to provide her personal recommended amount. She had altered the original recipe quite a bit and has made it “just right.”
I’m still a huge lover of the old fashioned cookbooks and sure hope that the magic isn’t lost in future generations. There is a time and place for Pinterest, but passed down recipes is not one of them. There’s nothing like writing in a literal book and opening up to a page that has been used so often that there are stains, accidental ripped pages, and beautiful memories. You can’t touch your phone with floured fingers.
Holiday Wine Wassail Recipe Ingredients:
4 Bottles Wine
5 Tbsp Brandy
1 C Cranberry Juice
1/2 C Sugar
1 Tbsp All Spice
1 Tbsp Ground Cloves
4 Cinnamon Sticks
Holiday Wassail Directions:
Put sugar, 3 lemon slices, 2 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to broil and stir for 5 minutes. Then strain.
In another pot, stir the wine, cranberry juice, brandy, lemons, and spices together.
Combine both mixtures and heat. Don’t broil.
Serve with cinnamon sticks and lemons to garnish the glass. I like to serve in copper mugs.
Let’s pretend that the green leaves are orange, red and yellow. CAN’T WAIT!