The Cool Kids

Monday, November 8, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside..

Hello, friends! Well, the first measurable snow has fallen today. In fact, it is still falling. I can't really complain because we had a gorgeous Autumn. We also live on a mountain bench. And, it is the second week of November. It was inevitable.

Even though I'm not a fan of the cold, I am really excited to get to start cooking and baking again. While the outdoor-sports people are likely doing backflips today, I am devouring the cookbooks and pantry. While they are getting all kinds of exercise, I'll be putting on that extra-layer of fat. A girl has to stay warm, right? Moderation...I know.

The first things I make in winter are hot drinks.

Our family loves them all. Hot cider, hot chocolate, hot tea, hot double-carmel lattes.. (okay, that last one is mine). You get the idea. One of our favorite cold weather drinks is hot wassail. Our version of wassail is a citrus/apple/spicy concoction.

In case you're feeling chilly, I'd like to give you the "kind-of" recipe. I say, "kind-of" because I never really make it the same way twice. There aren't any true measurements and sometimes I substitute one item for another. Still, the basic concept is the same. Give it a try. Once you taste it, you may not mind the cold, blowing snow outside :)

Winter wassail-
I make mine in a crock-pot on low and let it go all day. If running low, feel free to add to the liquid at anytime.

8 cups apple cider or apple juice
2 cups orange juice
2 apples, cut up into chunks
2 clementines, peeled, divided into parts. I use the parts, not the rind.
3 whole cinnamon sticks, 
1/4 tsp of whole cloves or 1/8 tsp. of ground cloves
1/4 tsp. apple pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Start with the cut up fruit in a bowl. Mix it with all the spices, save for the whole cinnamon sticks.
Put the fruit mixture in the bottom of a crock pot. You can do the mixing directly in the pot. I like to make the biggest mess possible :(

Layer cinnamon sticks on top. Pour the juices over the mixture and cover it up. Set it on low for one to two hours. Like anything made in a crock pot, the longer you can wait, the better it will be. Enjoy!

At any time, I add or substitute this recipe with lemonade, pears, peaches, pumpkin pie spice, or for my Michigan friends, a can or two of Vernors. The carbonation is fantastic. You can top the wassail with your favorite whipped cream and cinnamon. If you don't care to stay warm, (who are you?) you can also top it off with vanilla ice cream.

On days when you can't possibly find the time, but would love something warm to drink, try these. They are very, very good :)

Do you make something similar at your house? Any suggestions on improving the recipe? Let me know!

Keep warm, friends :)


  1. oh my gosh. i can't wait to try this. i have been after a great wassail recipe for ages and just haven't had any luck.

  2. Mmmmmm...I love wassail. I've never personally made it, so I think I'll give it a go. But I've already put my stew in the crock pot, so it will have to wait until tomorrow. :(

  3. This looks delish and I can smell it through my computer. Thanks for blogging again. I haven't been checking regularly and I checked today and had a ton of reading to do. You have been busy!

  4. Yum-o!! And those boys of yours sure are adorable! How much were they paid?? Kidding!! I'm gonna try making this in a few days. Looks wonderful!! The snow, however..not so wonderful!! UGH! So not looking forward to that. We have had beautiful weather here. I'm sure it won't last long!
    Thanks for the recipe. Keep'em coming, chicky!
    Love from your Forever Friend!!

  5. Thanks, girls! Krys and Christie, let me know what you think after you've tried it :) Jen, you are so sweet to keep up with the blog. I hope you're enjoying it! Nick Nack, they were paid handsomely! Keep warm, gals :)

  6. Oh my son-of-a-rain-cloud!!! Is that Grant Wayment??

  7. Why yes, Alligoose, I do believe that is your idol from Southern Cal. :)

  8. found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  9. Your dad wants to know if he can use beer in place of the OJ. MWB

  10. LOL. Beer, no. I have "heard of" people using Spiced Rum and raving about it :)

  11. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  12. Wassail in the crockpot, genius! You forgot the last step though: fill a mug 2/3 full of Wassail, fill the mug the rest of the way with Grand Marnier. There, now it's done!


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