Wassail Bowl

Wassail Bowl

Wassail Bowl

Sugared apple shapes float atop this classic spiced punch to give it a pretty look.

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Makes 12 servings (about 4 ounces each)


Dried apple slices
Colored sugar
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 small cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
3 coriander seeds
3 cardamom seeds (optional)
3 cups ale or wine
2-1/4 cups dry sherry
1/3 cup cognac
Tiny cookie cutters


  1. Using tiny cookie cutters or sharp knife, cut dried apple slices into festive shapes; moisten with water and coat with colored sugar. Set aside.
  2. Combine 3/4 cup water, granulated sugar and spices in large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in ale, sherry and cognac; heat just to simmering. Do not boil. Strain into heatproof pitcher or punch bowl. Float apple slices in punch.

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