I just realized that I have never shared my wassail recipe. It's one of my favorite cold weather drinks & it's always such an occasion when I make it. It always gets rave reviews & I hear lots of "yum's" when people sip it.
I got the recipe from my sister-in-law.
2 quarts apple juice or cider (1/2 gallon) (I have only ever used cider)
1 pint cranberry juice (2 Cups)
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp. aromatic bitters
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 orange, studded w/whole cloves
1 cup rum (optional) (I have always opted for the non-alcohol version, so I'm not sure what it tastes like with the rum)
Put all ingredients in a crock pot. Cover & cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 4 to 8 hours. Serve warm from crock pot.
(I don’t know what aromatic bitters are, so I have never used them in the recipe.)