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Healthier Cranberry Wassail Recipe

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Date 12th Nov 2012   Comments No Comments »

Holiday drinks are usually calorie bombs, filled with heavy cream or loads of refined sugar. Wassail is traditionally a hot mulled cider from Northern Europe. This version has an American twist to it, adding in cranberries, which are native to North America.

As I’m doing research for a little Kindle book that I’m writing (yay! I’m finally getting my books out there!) I wanted to put together some delicious holiday recipes made over with healthier ingredients. This version uses natural sweetening from honey and stevia. Plus, if you have time, try using fresh lemon juice instead of the bottled kind – it will taste brighter.

Cranberry Wassail

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yields: 6 servings


1 quart local apple cider
1 quart unsweetened cranberry juice
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1 large orange, thinly sliced
12 whole cloves
½ cup raw honey
12 drops liquid stevia (more to taste)
1 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

6 fresh mint leaves
6 orange slices

In a large pot, combine cider, cranberry juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, orange slices, cloves, honey, stevia, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer; add nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve warm and garnish each cup with mint and an orange slice.

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