Here We Go a Wassailing…

03aWassailCupbfLOHappy New Year!

We’re back from the holidaze break, just in time to add some warmth to your chilly January mornings…

in the form of a tasty cup of wassail.

A warm punch, perfect for the cold, dark days of winter, brewed with rum, ale, clove studded oranges, and just a bit of sugar and ground ginger. What’s not to love? Careful, though, this punch has a punch to it!

•3 or 4 small oranges
•Whole cloves
•3 (12 oz) bottles ale
•3 cups dark rum*
•2/3 cup sugar
•1/8 tsp powdered ginger

*I used a blend of 1-1/2 cup white rum and 1-1/2 cup Blackheart spiced rum.

01bAlebfLOHeat your oven to 350º.

Stud the oranges with cloves every 1/2 inch or so, the place in a single layer in a shallow pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Combine the ale, rum, sugar, and powdered ginger together in a large pan over medium heat.

02bWassailbfLOBring just to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.

Add the hot baked oranges to a bowl and pour the warm ale mixture over.

Serve hot.

Note: I do this in a small metal casserole, then keep it on a very low flame on the back of the stove, or on an electric warming tray to keep it nice and warm for when folk need a refill. I have known folk to arrange their chair of choice at gatherings so they can be conveniently close to the wassail bowl.

Good Wassail to you!

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