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I’m drinking this right now…

This my friends would be Hot Apple Cider.  Or Christmas Wassail. Or as Mr. Weekly Bite likes to call it ‘Hot Apple Juice’.  DC got its first official snow of the season yesterday.  This inspired me to whip up a fun holiday drink 🙂  Its super easy to make and your house will smell amazing while this is simmering on the stove.  Everything goes into one pot or you can cook it for several hours in a crock pot.


  • 2 cup apple juice
  • 2 cup pineapple juice
  • 4 cups brewed tea
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Throw all ingredients into a large pot.  Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 45 minutes.  If decide to use a crock pot, combine all ingredients into crock pot and set heat on low.  Cook for three hours.  Your house will smell incredible!

There may or may not have been a little spiced rum in my cup… I’ll never tell 😉

I spent most of yesterday sorting through our christmas cards.  I love displaying them but really dislike clutter.  One of my favorite decorating blogs wrote a post on simple yet beautiful christmas card displays.  Lucky for me I had everything on hand to create this christmas card cork board.  This is the beginning stages of it. Hopefully it will hold all our christmas cards 🙂

17 Responses

  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on December 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

    oh, i like the card holder being a cork board…fun and reusable all year round!

  2. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on December 17, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I LOVE mulled apple cider. Almost as much as mulled wine.

    I didn’t realize that it was wassail. I thought wassail was just something people did at Christmas…like in the song.

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on December 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I love the card display! That is such a great way to enjoy them!

  4. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on December 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

    that is a great way to display the cards! I hate clutter too, but that looks pretty and festive.

  5. Natalia - a side of simple said on December 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I really like your Christmas card display! What a neat idea 🙂

  6. Nicole, RD said on December 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I love that Christmas card board – how perfect! I hate the clutter, too, but I always want to display them.

  7. C. said on December 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Super cute card display. I tape ours to ribbon and hang it over our hutch in the dining room. So much better than having them strewn all over the place!

  8. SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen said on December 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

    what a lovely cup of cider … makes me wish I had a cup to warm my hands on and sip on this cold Friday!

  9. Amy at TheSceneFromMe said on December 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I am actually going to make a crockpot full of wassail on Sunday for my party. I make it with a prepackaged carton of seasoning and using white grape juice and water added to it (because I don’t want red stains in my carpet!!!)

  10. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on December 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I really wish I had the ingredients to make the hot apple cider! That sounds amazing right now!

  11. pro fm live said on December 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you very much for that dazzling article

  12. Barbara said on December 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Great idea for the Christmas card holder…i may have to use that idea…I would just have to find a place to hang a cork board 🙂

  13. TheHealthyApron said on December 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    mmmm I just had hot apple cider over the weekend and it was SO super comforting and warming!

  14. lynn @ the actors diet said on December 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    i love that it’s a crockpot recipe!!!

  15. Anne Marie said on December 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I’m madly jealous of both of those things!! I’m such a cider fan, and Hubby and I are in desperate need of a place to hang Christmas cards!!!

  16. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on December 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Yeah, our fridge gets so cluttered with all the cards. That is a great idea!

    I LOVE wassail and though I’ve never added rum I HAVE added wine and it’s incredible.haha