Quick Wassail for Two

by Suzanne on October 22, 2014

in drinks

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Today’s recipe is a quick one that is perfect for chilly weather in the Fall and Winter. I received some wonderful samples of Cascade Ice beverages from the company Cascade Ice and so it seems only appropriate for the time of year to make something a bit festive like wassail. Some of you may not be familiar with what wassail is, so I did look up the history of wassail. According to Wikipedia (consider the source) wassail was a hot mulled cider that was part of a ceremony of drinking the “health of trees” the apple trees in hopes that they might better thrive. The purpose of wassailing was to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away any of the evil spirits so as to ensure a good harvest of apples in the Autumn. Wassailing started in South West of England and the people would go from orchard to orchard singing, drinking and a King and Queen of wassailing was appointed. The Queen of wassailing would take some soaked toast from her wassil and put it in the boughs of the apple tree as a gift to the tree.

The wassail of today is typically found as a party type warm punch cooked over the stovetop or in a slow cooker, but I decided to make a quick two serving size recipe for the microwave. What made me think to do this is I often heat up apple juice in the microwave and sprinkle it with cinnamon when I want something cozy to drink on chilly evenings but not something chocolate like cocoa. There are all kinds of wassail recipes out there but this is my own version and it’s really pretty tasty. The cascade ice organic sparkling grapefruit water gives the drink something extra special with the bubbles and grapefruit essence, there are other flavors to choose from but I wanted a citrus taste to go with the orange juice I added. There isn’t enough carbonation in this recipe to make it taste “soda pop” like so don’t worry about that at all.  Just gather up loved one and a few ingredients, make this easy no fuss warm drink while watching a movie together or just spending some quality time talking together.

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Quick Wassail for Two

2 cups apple cider
1/3 cup orange juice or 2 juiced oranges
1 tablespoon brown sugar
8 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks optional
1/2 cup Cascade Flavored Grapefruit water

Directions: Put all the ingredients except sparkling water into a 4 cup measuring cup. Stir and microwave for 2-3 minutes or until hot. Now add the sparkling water and stir then pour into glasses and enjoy.

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1 Sophie October 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

Yum,Yum yummmmm,…a perfect drink to Enjoy in this chilly Fall! ☺️

2 Suzanne October 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Thanks Sophie, I just love wassail!

3 Amy (Savory Moments) October 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I’ve always wondered what a wassail was from the Christmas carol — now I know! I actually really love the idea of it. It looks delicious and perfect for a cold evening!

4 Suzanne October 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

I know the random things we learn right, I never knew any of this either just knew the Christmas song and how good wassail was.

5 Choc Chip Uru October 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I have never tried Wassail, I would love to after seeing your photos 😀

Choc Chip Uru

6 Suzanne October 26, 2014 at 12:07 am

I didn’t know what I was missing until a few years back and now I love this drink, so calming and warm.

7 Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine October 25, 2014 at 7:23 am

The cool weather has arrived and I’m embracing it. This Wassail would be a perfect way to celebrate the new season. Your presentation is so pretty too!

8 Suzanne October 26, 2014 at 12:05 am

I’m ready too for cooler temperatures, thanks Chris for your sweet comments and visiting my blog.

9 Carol at Wild Goose Tea October 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Interesting about the wasailing. I knew it came from England, but not it’s use to increase the productivity of the apple trees. And yeah most of the recipes are for Hey Hey The Gang Is All Here. I could use a cup of that today. Very grey. Raining only lightly,, but that still makes everything wet.

10 Suzanne October 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

Carol, I thought it was interesting too about wassail, wish I could share a cup of this warm cider with you.

11 Terra October 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Oh my word, how have I never heard of Wassail? I definitely need to try your recipe, it sounds fabulous! Yum, Hugs, Terra

12 Suzanne October 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

Wow, I can’t believe I found someone who didn’t know what wassail is, that is how I was a few years back, once you try it you’ll love it.

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