Wednesday, December 30, 2009

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

Here we are, the final Thursday of the year! This is the place to get some new recipes or maybe even a twist on an old one. Feel free to take any recipe here and use it as you please. If you want to join in on the Recipe Rodeo, let me know! I would love to try some of your recipes too!

Today's Round Up: Drinks

I first had this drink while I was living in New Zealand. The holidays in New Zealand are a bit different as it is the middle of summer there, but that doesn't stop anyone from making hot, delicious, spiked drinks. I also came to found that my mom had the very same recipe. Hot wassail can be served anytime of year and it can be made with or without alcohol. It will make your house smell amazing and it will warm you to your core.

Hot Wassail

* 3 Cups apple cider or juice
* 1 1/2 Cups pineapple juice
* 1 1/2 Cups orange juice
* 3 cinnamon sticks
* 1 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
* 3 tsp. candied ginger (or 1 tsp. ground ginger)
* 1 - 1 1/2 Cups honey
* Rum (optional)


Mix apple cider, pineapple and orange juice in large pot. Put spices in cheesecloth bag or tea infuser, and add to pot. As it starts to heat, add honey and stir until incorporated. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes (or longer) to incorporate flavors. Keep warm over low heat. If you would like to add rum, add 1 Cup just before serving. You may also make this in a crock pot and heat on low for four hours. For extra flair, garnish with an apple or orange slice and/or a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Image from Google Images

If you want to join in on your own blog, simply link back to this blog and mention that you are partaking in Thursday's Recipe Rodeo. If you don't have a blog and want to share a recipe with us - leave it in the comments!Click here for printable version of Hot Wassail

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