If you've never had wassail, you're missing out.
Back when I first started working at the spa, my sweet co-worker, Mary came up with the idea to make wassail for our clients during the holiday season. I'd never even heard of it but was hooked after the first try. I worked the desk back then so Mary schooled me on how to make it. I was on it every day...mainly because I liked it so much. My obsession with the wassail kind of became a joke. I'd sip on it constantly during my shift and then take a cup to go. I'm pretty sure I gained a few wassail pounds every winter. I tweaked the recipe over the years.
Every year they'd come to me asking the ingredients so that the new girls up front could continue the tradition. I became the wassail go-to girl. I was quite the critic too.
But really, I've got it down. There are so many different ways to make wassail. We've tried quite a few variations. This is the one I've settled on. It's pretty simple and really good.
This stuff will make your house smell super festive and is sure to put you in the spirit. Yesterday morning it was a little chilly out, so I figured it was time. Joe agreed. I think it's traditionally a winter thing but I like it in the fall too.
These measurements make about 4-5 cups. Adjust your amounts accordingly. Since it's just us, this is enough.
I want to get a big thermos to keep it hot so that I can make bigger batches.
1 part pineapple juice (1can/6oz)
2 parts cranberry juice (12oz)
2 parts apple juice (12oz)
1/4 c. red hots (I subbed with these since the store was out)
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2-3 cinnamon sticks
Bring to a slow boil for about 20 minutes. Serve with a cinnamon stick if desired.