1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges, studded with cloves
1 cup dark rum
1/2 cup brandy
Place oranges studded with cloves in 350 degree oven for 10 or 15 minutes, until fragrant. Empty cider into large soup pot. You can also add some sliced oranges- we wanted orange slices in each glass.
Add cinnamon sticks and heat over medium heat until almost at a boil. Add rum, brandy and warmed oranges, and it's ready to serve.
This drink is verrry easy to sip, and it warms you up on a cold night. It even warms you up on a warm night. After you serve it, set the heat as low as you can without turning it off, and the wassail will stay warm. We doubled the recipe and it was enough for 5 people to have several glasses apiece. It is not too sweet and not too tart-- just perfect. Watch out, the rum creeps up on you.
Cheers, time to go a-wassaling...and the eggs.