During Thanksgiving we were able to shut down HORNE for a few days and head up north to Kennebunkport, ME where we meet up with Alissa’s family. We stay at the most adorable inn right on the water and our Thanksgiving-Day tradition consists of a picnic-lunch served in front of our fireplace while we watch the Westminster Dog Show (the girls out-number the guys so no football at our Thanksgiving).
On our way back to Philadelphia, we stopped off in Portland, ME and spent a couple of days with our sister, Jillian, and her boyfriend, Paul. As we unpacked their Christmas decorations, we indulged in a traditional Christmas drink steeped in a history of caroling, the holidays and the apple harvest. It is the perfect drink to share with family and friends as you trim your tree or sit down to share a Holiday feast. Oh, and a special “Thank You” to Paul for making the drink and to Jillian for letting us use her home. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
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Wassail Ingredients (Serves 15-20):
10 very small apples
1 large orange stuck with whole cloves
10 teaspoons brown sugar
2 bottles dry sherry or dry Madeira
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 allspice berries
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
2 cups castor sugar
12 to 20 pints of cider according to the number of guests
1 cup (or heck, make it two) brandy
Preheat oven to 350°.
Core apples and fill each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Place in a baking pan and cover bottom with 1/8-inch of water.
Insert cloves into the orange about 1/2-inch apart. Put orange in baking pan with apples.
Bake apples and orange for 30 minutes. Remove from oven.
Puncture orange in several places with fork or an ice pick.
In a heavy saucepan combine sherry or Madeira, cider, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon, sugar, apples, orange, juice from bottom of baking pan and heat slowly without letting the mixture come to a boil.
Once completely heated, leave on very low heat until ready to serve.
Strain the mixture into metal punch bowl, add brandy and float the apples and orange on top. Ladle hot into punch cups and enjoy!