2 Fun Drinks for Christmas...One for the Big Kids one for the Little Kids!
Here are 2 fun drinks for the holidays…traditional Wassail and a special treat for the kids. I have been making Wassail since I was about 20 and every year a few folks say…"I never heard of it" and I say "ever hear that old Christmas song Here We Go A Wassailing…” then they believe I didn’t make it up.
This is makes your home smell delicious, warms you to your toes and is easily transported. Once made and cooled I pour it back into the cider container (and or OJ container) and take it with me. I then reheat it in a pot wherever I am going.
4 cups apple cider
1 ½ cups orange juice
6 oz can of pineapple juice
2 TBS lemon juice
3 TBS sugar
¼ cup mulling spices
OR to make your own mulling spice by combining 4 sticks of cinnamon, 3 long strips of orange rind, 1 TBS whole cloves and 1 TBS whole allspice berries.
Combine everything in a large pot; bring to a boil stirring often. (If you have a metal spice ball, use it, if not just throw it all in then pour through a strainer prior to serving or storing). Turn off the stove and let it sit for 30 minutes before reheating to serve. Serve it very warm almost like tea or coffee. You can make it ahead, refrigerate it and reheat as necessary. Wassail keeps well for 4 days. For a nice presentation stud an orange with cloves an let it float in your pot or crockpot. If you want to kick it up throw in some Brandy or Cognac to your liking.
Can’t leave the kids out of the of the holiday fun. Surprise and delight them with a Festive Strawberry Drink!
Festive Strawberry Drink
16 oz Container of frozen strawberries in syrup
8 oz of vanilla yogurt
½ cup ice
Red, Green or a combination of holiday sugar sprinkles
Grown up glasses for the occasion
Set up one bowl filled with enough water to cover the bottom and one bowl with the colored sugar covering the bottom. Take your chosen glasses and holding them by the bottom, first dip them in the water, and then dip them in the sugar. Wiggle the glass in the sugar a bit until the rim is evenly coated. Set aside.
Combine strawberries and ice in your blender, hit ice crush or blend and pulse until well blended. Pour into the glasses. Scoop the yogurt into a small plastic sandwich bag, snip off one corner and swirl into the drink. Serve immediately and enjoy the smiling faces.
This makes 4 small glassfuls or 2 big glassfuls.