I got this fun recipe from Wendy. I put it together last night, and after dinner we sipped our wassail out of mugs while watching A Murder She Wrote marathon on the Hallmark channel. Although it was in the seventies yesterday, we pretended it was cold and needed warmth from the hot mug of cider and the heat from the vanilla Glade candle.
It was a good night.
--2 quarts apple cider
--1 cup pineapple juice
--1/2 cup honey
--3 sticks cinnamon
--2 whole cloves
--1 whole orange, cut in rings
Use a 4-6 quart crockpot. This makes 9 cups of juice.
I had *just* watched an Unwrapped episode where they explained the difference between cider and juice: you can't see through cider, because they use the whole apple. I headed to Safeway with that knowledge, and didn't find 1 bottle in the whole store labeled cider (other than the sparkling Martinellis), so I brought home a bottle of organic apple "juice" that I couldn't see through.
Put all of the ingredients into the crockpot (not the brandy). Wash your orange well, and cut off each end. Slice the remaining orange into rings, and float the pieces on the top of the juice.
Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for about 4. You want the juice completely hot, and the flavor of the cloves and the cinnamon to have permeated.
Ladle into mugs. If you are going to add the brandy, put a shot into each mug, then top with the hot cider.
If serving to guests, provide a ladle, and keep the crockpot lid off, and the pot turned to low. If on warm with the lid off, it won't stay quite hot enough.
Delicious and soothing. One of my kids has a sore throat, and she drank a lot, and was happy with how it made her throat feel better.
We're having some more for breakfast.
Thank you so much, Wendy!