Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas recipe

Greetings to all!
As I write this post, I'm sipping on one of my favorite holiday drinks, a hot mug of wassail. What does wassail have to do with writing or books? Well...nothing really, except it is a tasty treat to enjoy on a cold day while you read the latest Casablanca release. :-)

So here's the recipe so you can make your own wassail!

Spiced Wassail

1 qt. cranberry juice
1 qt. apple cider
1 qt. strong tea
2 cups orange juice
3/4 lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 sticks of cinnamon
Heat almost to boiling and let simmer several minutes to steep the flavor from the cinnamon and cloves.
Serve hot.
A nice side benefit of wassail is it is full of vitamin C, which is especially helpful in this season of colds! Cheers and happy reading!
Beth Cornelison


  1. Your recipe sounds good. Sweet and tart, spicey and comforting. It reminds me of the "Russian tea" recipe which was a tradition at holiday parties when I was a child. Round golden cheese wafers topped with a pecan half and dusted with confectioner's sugar were always served with it.

    Together they hit every tastebud with the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

  2. This might get me to give up my coffee addiction in favor of something more flavorful, Beth.

  3. I love getting new recipes around Christmas time. Thanks for this one. Vitamin C is indeed an added bonus.

  4. Another bonus? It makes your house smell heavenly as it steeps on the stove!
    Glad yall liked it!
    Beth- down in cold and rainy Louisiana...think I'll go warm up another cup!

  5. Beth! I just had this at my book club this past week! it was our holiday book club--secret santa presents, festive food, etc. I had my fair share of pomegranate martinis, but this warm drink was a great end to the evening!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I have to try this recipe, Beth! I love anything that has spices in it.


  7. Sounds yummy! I discovered wassail while doing research for Regency Christmas. This drink has a long history dating to Medieval times, and was traditionally made with beer or mead! The word itself is Anglo-Saxon and means 'be healthy' - it was drank as a toast and the name stuck. There is more, but I'll force myself to stop there!

  8. This sounds absolutely delicious, and I LOVE the way things like this smell...thanks for the recipe! I'm with Marie...I might even forego coffee for this.