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
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.