When hosting holiday fêtes it is important to keep your guests cheerful enough with libations to have a jolly ol’ time, but not so much so that they become stomach logged to the point that they miss out on the fun. With this recipe, we provide you and yours with a drink that conjures up the festive spirit while leaving room for turkey, tamales and other holiday foods.
This Apple-Ale Wassail will put your guests in the holiday spirit and quite possibly will fill them up with enough cheer to brave the cold to wassail (carol)!
2 (12-oz.) bottles ale
2 cups apple cider
1 cup port
1 cup lemonade
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 apple, diced
2 whole allspice
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Garnish: lemon wedges, cinnamon sticks (optional)
Stir together ale, apple cider, port, lemonade, brown sugar, diced apple, whole allspice, 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cardamom in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 3 hours or until hot. Remove diced apple, if desired. Ladle into mugs. Garnish, if desired.