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Christmas Wassail

Warm everyone's spirits before they venture out in song by serving hot mugs of Wassail. Not only is Wassail a warm spiced and sweetened beverage made from ale or wine, the word is also a salutation as well as the action of "toasting to one's health."

Mull a pot of Wassail and keep it warm on the stovetop for guests to indulge in before and after caroling. Serve a selection of cheese and crackers as nibblers and or consider a potluck of appetizers.


1 gallon apple cider

1 (750 ml) bottle pinot noir or a light red wine

2 Red Delicious Apples, washed, cut into wedges

2 Bartlett pears, washed, cut into wedges

4 cinnamon sticks

1 Teaspoon ground ginger


Place cider, wine, apples, pears, cinnamon, and ginger in a large pot. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon sticks. Keep Wassail in pot over low flame on stove for guests to help themselves.

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