Dec 17, 2010

wassail festival 2010

{2010 wassail recipe}

A few weeks ago, downtown Columbus hosted its annual event, Wassail Festival. This event has quickly become one of my all time favorite holiday events! All of the downtown stores stay open late and serve their super secret wassail recipes. Customers come and vote on everyone's wassail and the winner is declared a week later.

Last year Josh and I and some of our friends went and tasted wassail after wassail...and we may have made gingerbread houses (which was an activity for the children that we did anyway and loved). This year I had the privilege to work Wassail Fest! Bella stayed open late that night. Penny, Terri, and I wore santa hats and served up some amazing wassail. I thought I would share the recipe.

This is for you Alicia Carby. Enjoy Everyone!

Bella's Best-Ever Wassail


     2 cups cranberry juice
     1 cup whole cranberries, fresh
     1 ginger root, peeled
     A long orange curl peel
     2 whole cloves
     2 cinnamon sticks
     1 quart apple cider
     whipped cream
     cinnamon sugar


Combine the juice, cranberries, ginger, orange peel studded with cloves, cinnamon, and cider in medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a low simmer and steep the mixture for about 15 minutes. Discard the orange peel and cloves. Pour into mugs. Add a splash of brandy and top with whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!