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Wassail recipe?

TMWeddlle Dec 12, 2007 06:00 AM

I am looking for a wassail recipe for a small gathering of six couples. I have looked at various places online but what I've found so far just doesn't "do it for me". Thanks!! TMW

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    ronla Dec 27, 2007 12:12 AM

    I saw this lady, Alice Ross, talking about Wassail on the food network the other day and have been intrigued ever since. I didn't quite catch the base of the drink she made though, was it ale? I do remember there were breadcrumbs. Here's a link to an article of hers I found: artichttp://www.journalofantiques.com/Dec02/heart...

    1. TMWeddlle Dec 21, 2007 07:03 PM

      Here's what we ended up with:

      CHRISTMAS WASSAIL
      from COOKS.COM

      2 qt. cider
      1 pt. cranberry juice
      3/4 c. sugar
      2 sticks cinnamon
      1 tsp. whole allspice
      1 orange
      Whole cloves
      1 c. rum

      Stud orange with whole cloves. Put all ingredients into crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and then on low for 4-8 hours. Serve warm from crock pot. Makes 12 cups. A good hot drink for the holidays.

      This was very easy to make and had good reviews - we did add an extra half cup of rum before serving.

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        Admiral Ackbar Dec 18, 2007 12:28 PM

        Some more reactions:

        I bottled the leftover. (I have slightly over half left)

        I reheated it and added a bottle of dry white wine. People loved it! Big hit!

        The keys were:
        -Using dry sherry or dry madeira (two of my bottles might have been madeira that was sweet)
        -Letting it sit on low (without boiling it) on the stovetop for a couple of hours with the apples floating in it
        -If it comes out to sweet, cut it with dry white wine or even vodka.

        Knowing how to make it now, I'm already getting requests to make it again.

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          Admiral Ackbar Dec 13, 2007 11:50 AM

          Reactions:

          A. Very strong
          B. Too sweet for me (could be because I used two bottles dry sherry and two bottles madeira, and I tried the madeira before making it and it was sweeter than the Sherry)
          C. It needs to sit on low heat for a couple hours with the apples sitting in it. This makes it taste a ton better
          D. I ended up shaking some 50/50 with vodka over ice and it came out really tasty (a very nice Christmas cocktail)
          E. It was a bit of an aquired taste for my guests and I had a lot leftover (which I bottled for future use. It was more popular at the end of the evening after it sat for a while and got tastier.

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          1. re: Admiral Ackbar
            TMWeddlle Dec 14, 2007 03:30 AM

            Thanks for the reaction!!

          2. TMWeddlle Dec 12, 2007 02:04 PM

            I'm hoping for a cider and rum based recipe.

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              Admiral Ackbar Dec 12, 2007 09:53 AM

              I'm making this one

              http://cocktailjen.blogspot.com/2005/...

              tonight for a group of about that size (actually I'm multiplying everything by 1.5).

              I'll report back and let you know what my guests thought!

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              1. re: Admiral Ackbar
                TMWeddlle Dec 12, 2007 02:06 PM

                I saw that recipe on Epicurious, too, was hoping for cider and rum based one. I'll be interested to hear your reactions to the one you make! Thanks!!

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