Cranberry Wassail

December 27, 2013

This wassail is delicious, comforting, and perfect for a crowd!  I love making this when I host holiday dinners or parties, it’s great to serve guests before or after a meal.  Just throw it together beforehand, and not only will it smell wonderful when your guests arrive, but it will be ready to go!  Click the magic button for nutrition information, including weight watchers points! Part of a linky party here!

This is all you need…too easy!  Just dump it all in a crockpot and ignore it.  My favorite kind of recipe.  (Note that you will need only half of each of the frozen concentrates…which means you can make it again without buying more!)

Cranberry Wassail

64 oz Cranberry Juice Cocktail
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
4 cups water
1 cup cinnamon Red Hots candy
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves

Heat until steaming and red hots have melted, OR add all ingredients to a crockpot on low 2 hours before serving.  Strain out the cinnamon stick and cloves.  Serve hot.
Makes about 18 cups.

*If you are out of cinnamon sticks and whole cloves, use 1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon and ground cloves.  Put the ground spices in the center of a small, clean, square scrap of cloth.  Gather the edges of cloth up around the spices, tie off tightly and add to the wassail.  Discard when ready to serve.

*I always save my cranberry juice bottle in case there is any leftover wassail.  I pour it back in and put it in the fridge.  Then it is ready to warm again on the stove, in the crockpot, or simply by the mug.

*Since I have done the extensive research (several minutes on google) to figure out exactly what measurements of ground spices you will need if you are out of whole cloves and cinnamon sticks (like I was when I went to make my wassail), you will not need to search different websites to find instructional gems like these…that didn’t actually have anything to do with my question:

 I don’t know how whole cloves translated into 10million pound garlic!  Takes me right back to my days of teaching English in China before I married Hubs…the translations we saw everywhere were pretty amazing!  And now I’m thinking of my sweet David and tearing up a little.

By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!