Hot Spiced Apple Cider

I’ve always called this wassail.

My dictionary, however, is infuriatingly insistent that if it’s not alcohol, it’s not wassail. So I have to concede because, well, this is an alcohol-free beverage. And that’s when things get a little awkward, because I’ve just had a fight with Webster, and Webster won.

But . . . I don’t know, I still like to call it wassail.

Whatever the name, you and I both know that nothing beats the sensuous aroma of spiced apple cider simmering on your stove top for an hour. Nothing, except maybe sipping a mug of it.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider 2

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

1 gallon apple juice

1 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon brown sugar

dash of salt

2-3 cinnamon sticks

12 whole cloves


Stir all ingredients together in a stockpot and simmer covered for 1 hour. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves, and serve hot.