Winter Wassail

Wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide. The drink evolved to become a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamonginger and nutmeg,

Pharsalia's Wassail is perfect for when the weather turns chilly. Fix and enjoy, plus it makes your kitchen smell wonderful!

Recipe:

You will need 1 gallon of fresh apple cider. Combine two cups of apple cider and 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice in a large dutch oven; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  Add remaining cider and a 16oz. can of frozen lemonade (thawed) and a 16oz. can of frozen orange juice (thawed) and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. Heat until very hot.  Do not boil.   Yield:  4 1/2 quarts.

Fresh pressed cider may be purchased at Silver Creek-Seaman Packing Shed in Tyro, Virginia.  They are open during the weekdays only and their phone number is 434-277-5824.  It is delicious cider that has not been pasteurized but has been run through a UVB light.