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Spiced Cider Wassail Bowl

Author/Submitted by: MARY SMITH On 01-14-95
Servings: 20
Categories: Alcoholic Beverages / Brandy / Punch Recipes / Rum

8  cups  Cider
2    Cinnamon sticks
10    Allspice berries
8    Whole cloves
1/4  cup  Dark brown sugar
2  cups  Orange juice
1  tablespoon  Lemon juice
1  cup  Dark rum
1/2  cup  Brandy
    Orange slices for garnish

In a large pan, combine the cider, whole spices and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook gently for about 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. (This base can be made 2 to 3 days ahead. Refrigerate.) Stir in orange juice, lemon juice, rum and brandy. Heat gently. When ready to serve, float orange slice in wassail. Ladle hot wassail into small punch cups or demitasse coffee cups, serving directly from the stove or placing on a warming try in the dining room.

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