This easy wassail recipe makes a thoughtful homemade holiday gift.
Sometimes you just strike idea gold! That’s how I feel about this wassail in a gift jar.
We have several Christmas parties and open houses we’ll be attending, and I’ve been looking for a homemade holiday gift idea that was out of the ordinary.
I gotta tell you, I’m so over bringing a bottle of wine. Unless you know someone’s favorite, it can be a real shot in the dark to match the right wine with a person’s taste. Am I right?
So I started looking for a gift that was relatively inexpensive. I also wanted it to be a consumable so I wasn’t adding to anyone’s clutter.
Above all, I was looking for a gift that was festive!
What could be more festive this time of year than wassail? So I decided to tuck all the ingredients into a large jar for gift giving.
I went to Target and I found:
1.5 gallon jar (If not in your Target, you can get it here.)
1 Tea Ball
Y’all – this jar is just $15! All in, I spent a little over $27.
Then I went to my grocery store to pick up wassail ingredients.
Apple cider makes the base of any wassail recipe. You will frequently find orange juice or cranberry juice in a wassail recipe.
To give this as a gift, I couldn’t do orange juice because it needs refrigerated. I didn’t do cranberry juice because of it’s taste. (Have you ever tasted plain cranberry juice? So sour! I would have needed sugar, and I don’t really do excess sugar.)
Pomegranate juice is 100% juice, tastes great with apple cider, PLUS it fit in the jar. 😉 So my wassail is made with pomegranate juice!
The traditional ingredient to spike wassail is bourbon, so I bought a small bottle of that too. You’ll see on the instructions I made the brandy optional.
The last things to go in your gift jar are the fresh ingredients.
I put the spices in the tea ball and tied it on to the jar. The cinnamon sticks I dropped in the jar. They’d probably be really cute tied to the ribbon, but I’m just now thinking of it. Oh well. An idea for you.
All of these ingredients do fit in the jar, but you have to put the pomegranate juice and the brandy in BEFORE you add the apple cider. It’s a bit like a puzzle but I promise it all works!
Easy Wassail Recipe
1 32-ounce bottle apple cider
1 16-ounce bottle 100% pomegranate juice
1 200-ml bottle brandy
12 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg, smashed with a hammer
5 3-inch cinnamon sticks
You can download and print these instructions on card stock to include with your gift.
If you don’t think your recipient will want their Wassail spiked, you can choose to leave the brandy out of the gift. However, you don’t want your bottles to slide inside the glass jar. To prevent glass clanking on glass, you could add an extra orange, or you could pick up some festive holiday napkins to tuck in to your gift jar.
Can you think of someone who would like Wassail in a jar?