Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Brewing Wassel

Happy All Hallows Eve my spooky little ghouls! Hoping you all have a festive day and, of course, indulge in a little too much candy. My little cousins are having a costume parade at their school that we're all about to go to and naturally we've got the Halloween tunes playing all day.

Hurricane Sandy has had us cooped up in the house the past couple of days and taken full advantage of all things seasonal and cozy.
 Yesterday afternoon we brewed up a batch of Wassel, one of my most favorite hot toddy drinks during the chilly months and made some homemade caramels, they are a secret family recipe.
Now, if you know anything about making homemade caramels, you know they take hours of stirring, and a team of people to help. However, when you mix up some warm Wassel, people will gladly gather around to assist with the cooking. So,  if you are in the market for bribing folks, this recipe could be the ticket...

What you need:
1 gal of apple cider 
1 cup of red wine (whichever you prefer, we used a Cabernet) 
2 cups of dark whiskey (we used Crown Royal Black)
10 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon of nutmeg

Add cider, wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large pot add and heat on a stove over medium. Stir occasionally until temperature reaches desired heat. You want the spices to blend into the liquid. Add whiskey. Allow to simmer on low heat while serving. Garnish to your liking, cinnamon sticks are always popular for stirring. 


  1. Your Wassel recipe sounds delish! I've tried others but they weren't nearly as good as this sounds. Might just have to brew a batch tonight! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. those homemade caramels look AMAZING!!!

  3. I have never had wassel before, I may have to try it. And homemade caramels are the best! Yum

  4. Well, I'm all about cider based drinks and this recipe looks amazing! I think we'll have to try it around these parts this season!

  5. Where did you get that scarf? It is such a perfect, yet small, addition that is full of Halloween spirit! :)