Advent Spiced Cider

 

The tradition of drinking hot spiced cider at winter celebrations goes back many centuries to the tradition of wassailing. Before Christianity reached England, the tradition was to sing to the apple trees while drinking from a wassail bowl filled with spiced mead to encourage the trees to be fruitful in the coming year. Gradually the tradition switched to Christmas caroling around the neighborhood with hot cider provided by the homeowners. This recipe is my take on the traditional wassail bowl. Share it with family and friends (with or without the rum) for a festive time this season.

 

 

The Herb 'n Cowgirl's Spiced Cider
 
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon apple juice
  • 1 each orange sliced cross-wise
  • 8 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cloves whole
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 each allspice berries
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 cup rum
Instructions
  1. In a large pot or an electric crock pot place all ingredients except the rum or rum extract. Cover and cook on a simmer setting for at least 2 hours. During the first half hour, stir occasionally to ensure the honey dissolves.
  2. About a half hour before serving, add the rum (or rum extract) and sample the punch to check for flavor. If you are using a conventional pot, pour the hot liquid carefully into a punch bowl.

 

 

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