I know Christmas is over, but this wassail is so good I could drink it all winter long! It's especially good when you are sick and have a sore throat--so soothing. It also smells so good as it brews on your stovetop. I got this recipe from my mother-in-law and it's one you can't go wrong with.
2 1/2 c sugar
4 c water
2 sticks cinnamon
8 whole allspice
10 whole cloves
3 chunks of crystallized ginger (in spice aisle)
4 c orange juice
2 c lemonade
2 qts. apple cider
-Combine sugar, water and spices in a large pot (very large). Boil 5 minutes. Take off heat and put lid on and let sit an hour or more. When ready to serve, remove spices and add juices. Heat and serve. Can be reheated. Makes 1 1/2 gallons.
-If it's too sweet for your liking you can add a little fresh lemon juice.