In the spirit of the season, I made a wassail punch. When I went to look up a recipe there were too many variations to count. Some were non-alcoholic (no thanks) and some had strange ingredients such as baked apples, whipped eggs and butter. The idea that guided me was to make the recipe with what I had in my cupboards. After perusing about a dozen recipes, this is what I made:
Wash and thinly slice a lemon and an orange. Put into a suitable pot. Add to three cups of apple cider. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and a pinch of nutmeg. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup rum (I had orange flavored rum on hand) and a bottle of white wine. When I tasted it, I didn't think it was sweet enough so I added a tablespoon of honey. Serve warm.
One of the recipes I read stated that a warm, sweet drink can kind of sneak up on a person and revelers should be made aware of this. A fair assessment, I'd say. Another potent potable served tonight was a delicious Irish Cream made by Liz. Jameson whiskey was used in ther recipe and it was rich and creamy, a real treat.
And, oh yeah, we did some spinning, too.