Thanksgiving is only 4 days away. So why am I posting a Christmas recipe? Well, you can really make this wassail anytime of the year, but we just happen to make it at Christmas (my mom has made it every year since 1982!), thus making it “Christmas wassail”. I happen to think this would be a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving day celebration- guests could sip on it while they mingle and wait for the meal, or it could be served after the meal with pie. Joel and I decided to put up our Christmas tree this past weekend instead of the day after Thanksgiving and I made a giant pot of this wassail to sip on while we decorated. Let me tell you, this stuff is WAY better than any holiday candle, potpourri or scentsy burner you can find! It permeates the entire house and makes it smell heavenly while it simmers! It’s one of my very favorite things and I can’t imagine the holiday season without it! Whether you make this for tree decorating day (the best day of the year!), your family Thanksgiving or just a random evening, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Christmas Wassail

2 quarts apple juice or apple cider
1 48-ounce can pineapple juice
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon allspice
4 or 5 cinnamon sticks
15-20 cloves, pushed into an orange or apple

Mix all ingredients in a large pot or dutch oven. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
*Alternatively you can cook it in a slow cooker on high for 2 hours.

Recipe source: my mom

 

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  1. This is such a yummy sounding drink! Love it!

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    Comment by Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 21, 2011 @ 10:49 AM

  2. comfort in a glass!

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    Comment by The Food Hunter — November 21, 2011 @ 2:32 PM

  3. This sounds delicious! Perfect for any time when it’s cold outside.

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    Comment by Rose — November 21, 2011 @ 9:28 PM

  4. MMMMM…wish I had a cupful right now!

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    Comment by Mother — November 21, 2011 @ 9:29 PM

  5. Amy, this is such a “warming” recipe and I’m looking forward to making it during the holidays — great idea for using it as a potpourri, too. :) Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Comment by Kimby — November 22, 2011 @ 7:39 AM

  6. Love the idea of this as a tree decorating beverage. I have a cookie party coming up and a slow cooker full of this would be perfect!

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    Comment by Kelsey — November 26, 2011 @ 1:46 PM

  7. I made this on Sunday for my baby shower, and it was a huge hit! Thank you for posting this :) I am a big fan of your blog, keep up the great work!

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    amy Reply:

    Wonderful! I’m so happy everybody enjoyed it!

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    Comment by Kyla — November 28, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

  8. I made this recipe for Thanksgiving Day. It was absolutely delicious! And it certainly did make the house smell very yummy! Thanks.

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    Comment by Julie — December 1, 2011 @ 1:32 PM

  9. I just found your blog via Tastespotting and when I stumbled upon this picture and that cup, wowie zowie! I have to know more about it! can you give me any details regarding the maker and the print design? These are perfect for my kitchen! Thanks for your reply! Keep up the good work!

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    amy Reply:

    Thank you! I got the cups at Anthropologie, and as far as I know, they still have them in stock. Hopefully you can go get you some! Good luck!

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