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Hot Wassail

on December 26, 2013

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Wassail is sure to warm you up on a cold winter day!

Wassail is sure to warm you up on a cold winter day!

I recently made this for one of our monthly staff luncheons at school. Lucky for me, the luncheons are set up in the library and my classroom has a door straight to it!  I have to confess, I’ll often sneak down to get a cookie or some other scrumptious treat between classes. On this particular day, I snuck down for some wassail… more than once.

For the luncheon, I prepared the orange slices with cloves at home and the rest was pretty portable!

For the luncheon, I prepared the orange slices with cloves at home and all the ingredients were pretty portable!

By the way, you can change up the juices and it will still be delicious!  These just happen to be the flavors I got this time.  Oh, and you can also add a little rum or brandy, but I decided to leave that out this time for our students’ sakes. ;)

The hubs thought I was nuts when he saw me doing this, but how cute are they!?

The hubs thought I was nuts when he saw me doing this, but how cute are they!?

Ingredients:

  • One orange, cut into slices
  • Whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 32 oz apple cranberry juice
  • 32 oz citrus tangerine orange juice
  • 32 oz apple juice
  • 2 c strong tea

Instructions:

  1. Stick cloves in the orange slices to make festive designs.
  2. Pour juices and tea into a slow cooker.
  3. Place cinnamon sticks and orange slices on top, clove side up.
  4. Cook on high until heated through and aromatic, about 2 hours.
  5. Turn down to the warm setting and serve.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him help put the cloves in the orange slices.
  • He can help pour in the juices.
  • Ask him if he thinks the cinnamon sticks and orange slices will float or sink.  Have him place the cinnamon sticks and orange slices on top.  Talk about why some things float and others don’t.  (Click here for a detailed explanation.)  Try floating other things in a bowl (or sink) full of water.
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One response to “Hot Wassail

  1. Jess says:

    I LOVE wassail! Thanks for putting this recipe up—maybe I’ll make it New Year’s Eve :) How fun for Ozz-man to decorate the orange slices!

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