Warm Cranberry Wassail
1- 64 oz or 2 litre bottle of cranberry cocktail
2 1/2 C of apple juice
1/4 C sugar (optional)
3 – 3 inch cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole allspice (I had ground allspice so I put in 1/2 tsp as it would really permeate the juice)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
orange slices, cranberries and whole cloves for garnish, if you wish.
Combine all the ingredients, except garnish, in a saucepan. Heat to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain to remove spices and serve.
If you were making this to serve a large group, or would like to have it hot for an extended time, it could easily be made in the crock pot well in advance. If you are fortunate enough to have all whole spices then I would suggest wrapping the allspice and cinnamon sticks in cheese cloth and tossing them in that way, it would be easy to grab out once the cranberry juice is nicely infused, and yet you can keep the wassail warm without it getting stronger in flavor.
Recipe from oceanspray.com