I got a great recipe for wassail from a coworker. I bought what I needed for it last week, but didn't make it until today. It is delicious!
1 lemon peel
3 slices ginger root
1 stick cinnamon
6 cups red wine or cranberry juice
6 cups apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
2 oranges, cut into six wedges each
Put lemon peel, ginger root, and cinnamon in a coffee filter or cheese cloth and tie off. Mix liquids and sugar in a pot and add sachet; bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes and remove sachet.
While simmering place 3 whole cloves into each orange wedge on the peel side. Place one wedge in a cup and ladle hot wassail over. Enjoy!!
I really love the clove flavor and actually put some in another coffee filter and back into the pot - it gave the drink a great flavor, though it was actually delicious to begin with!
I ran out of wrapping paper and had to run out this morning for some and we have a couple very big gifts that are odd shaped. I couldn't wrap them and didn't have a box or bag big enough. I found the last two giant gift bags at the fourth store I went to today. It's a pretty cool bag, too. So, now everything is wrapped and under the tree ready to give out! Yay!