From The Chew: Festive Apple Cider Wassail

What’s a wassail (WAS-uhl)? It's a noun and a verb. During the holiday season you can imbibe a spicy wassail (noun) and then go out wassailing with a group of lively friends (here it’s a verb that means to roam from house to house while singing Christmas carols to unsuspecting neighbors that will hopefully not throw fruitcake at you). Warning: Alcohol inhibits your blood flow and won’t exactly keep you warm while belting out songs on a chilly night. But the bourbon content will make you hate the cold a little less. Happy wassailing!

Apple Cider Wassail Clinton Kelly The Chew


  • 1 gal. apple cider
  • 4 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 4 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp. juniper berries
  • 2-in. piece of fresh sliced ginger
  • 1 apple, sliced thin
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • brandy, to serve


  • Place all ingredients, except the brandy, in a Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer then let steep for 10-15 minutes. (Alternatively, place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for an hour and 30 minutes.)
  • Remove tea bags.
  • Pour 2 ounces of brandy into a glass and top with hot tea and apple mixture.
From The Chew: Festive Apple Cider Wassail

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