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the king's wassail

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Recipe by
Jeremy Martin
Keene, NH

The wassail that's fit for a king. This was a secret recipe that was handed down to me through a highly secret order of royals.

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Ingredients For the king's wassail

  • 6 c
    fresh apple cider
  • 1 tsp
    zest of a lemon
  • 1 md
    orange + its zest
  • 2
    golden delicious or similarly soft and sweet apples
  • 1 Tbsp
    whole cloves
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 3
    star anise pods (optional because people are kinda touchy about the flavor)
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    allspice, for an extra kick
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

How To Make the king's wassail

  • 1
    Zest an orange and a lemon. Add zest to a large pot with the apple cider. Peel the orange and add half the wedges to the cider. Turn heat to medium.
  • 2
    Core the apples and quarter them. Stuff cloves into the soft part and add to the apple cider.
  • 3
    Add the star anise if you'd like, and add the cinnamon and allspice and stir. Stir in the brown sugar.
  • 4
    Bring to a high heat and bring to a light boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. Ladle hot wassail into mugs and enjoy. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.

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