Hot Wassail, Mom's

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Megan Stewart


I remember mom making this, and the whole house smelled fantastic! I got to put the whole cloves into the oranges once she pierced them, and even got to have a separate pot (without the brandy obviously since I was 7 when she passed away) for me and my friends. The holidays were special because of her, and I miss her greatly. It is recipes like this that bring back smells and memories...


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  • 4 small
  • 2 qt
    sweet apple cider
  • 1 box
    whole cloves
  • 2 c
    pineapple juice
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice
  • 1/2 stick
  • 1 c
    apple brandy or applejack
  • 1 c

How to Make Hot Wassail, Mom's


  1. Pierce oranges with skewer and cover with cloves. Bake in shallow pan 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Combine cider, fruit juices and cinnamon in a kettle, heat. Add sugar and stir until dissolved, remove from heat and add brandy. Place oranges in a heat proof punch bowl, add punch. Keep remainder warm over low heat but do not boil.

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About Hot Wassail, Mom's

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American

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