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Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Yes, that’s a thing. 😛 This cranberry wassail is a thing too – a very good thing, a Christmasy thing, a vibrant thing comprised of many delicious things like cinnamon and orange and allspice. It will make your house smell like Christmas (plus it tastes good).
The recipe below makes approximately one quart, so there’s a good chance you’ll want to multiply the batch so you can share your wassail with friends or have some left over. I’ve included a suggestion for making it in the crockpot; just check the Notes section of the recipe.
Trim Healthy Mamas, I don’t know if this qualifies as an all-day sipper or not. The only reason it might not be is because of the cranberries involved, but most of those get strained out anyway so I would personally feel comfortable sipping on this all day without worrying about trickle-feeding my body with extra fuel. Don’t quote me on that, though.
As written, this wassail packs some strong flavors, which I love. (You should know that by now….) If it’s too strong for your tastes, feel free to dilute it with some extra water.
Don’t have the spices I used? Feel free to improvise with others that you think will taste good (such as cinnamon). However, without the allspice and cloves, it won’t be quite the same. Fair warning. 😉 I definitely recommend using cinnamon tea bags in this; they provide a lovely, full-bodied backdrop for the bright cranberry and other subtler flavors in this wassail.
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for extra info. Check out the links in and below the recipe to see the products I use and recommend. Some of the links included in the recipe and blog post are affiliate links, which means that if you make purchases through these links, I make a small commission to help defray the costs of running this blog (at no extra charge to you). Thanks for your help!
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- Starting THM
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- all my cranberry recipes
- 5 c. water
- 1 c. whole cranberries
- 3 cinnamon spice tea bags
- Zest from one orange
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. allspice
- ⅛ tsp. each cardamom, ground cloves
- ⅛ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- 1/16 tsp. salt
- Whisk all ingredients together in a saucepan, bring to a boil, use a potato masher to mash the cranberries, and simmer (uncovered) over medium heat for one hour. Strain and serve. If the wassail is too strong for your liking, dilute it with more water. Adjust the sweetness as desired.
You could probably cook this in the crockpot for a few hours (on high until it starts to bubble around the edges, then low). Crack the lid open for the first hour, then cover it so too much liquid doesn't evaporate.
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