Wassail Hot Cider

apple pie moonshine 001January begins the fourth installment of our Year of Faith. This is where once a month I highlight a saint that has been listed on the USCCB Saints for the Year of Faith.The month of January is dedicated to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

 Saint Elizabeth was born August 28, 1774. Elizabeth was raised in a wealthy household, her father was a doctor. Her mother died when she was only three years old.

At nineteen she married a wealthy businessman. Ten years later she was a penniless widow. Her husband’s business went under and he soon died of tuberculosis. Left to raise five young children on her own she converted to Catholicism in 1805. To take care of her family and their education, she opened a school in Boston. Soon the Archbishop asked her to go to Baltimore and start a school there. This started the first parochial school system in the United States. She founded the Sisters of Charity to help run the place.

She died on January 4th 1821 of natural causes.  I decided to make Wassail. Elizabeth may have drank something similar to this.

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Wassail Hot Cider


3 teabags (I used Lipton Black Tea)
1 quart boiling water
2 quarts apple cider
1 quart cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
12 cloves


Steep tea in boiling water for about five minutes. Take the tea bags out and pour the tea into a 6 quart slow cooker. Add cider, cranberry and orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
Cover and cook on low about 4 hours.
Keep warm in cooker while serving.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Peace be with you,



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2 Responses to “Wassail Hot Cider”

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    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie — January 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I love learning interesting tidbits about the Saints. I didn’t even know about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and can’t wait to share my new knowledge with my father-in-law, who also enjoys learning about the Saints.

    The Wassail Cider sounds delicious and soul warming. And best of all I have all the ingredients to make it in my pantry. (Well not the apple cider, but I think apple nectar might work too.)

    Happy New Year.


  2. #
    Debra — January 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I truly love learning from you. I love all types of Wassail. (I am already planning holiday posts for next year and I think I will put in our family favorite. It has apricot nectar, pineapple juice, and apple cider. I am interested about the cranberry juice in this one. Bet it is delicious!)


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