I love Fall! I am actually sitting in my office right now wearing a sweater and it is making me very happy. The weather has finally cooled some and my mind is turning to all things warm and comforting; chili’s, soups and warm drinks. One of my favorite drinks that screams fall is Cranberry Wassail. It is full of good health and just plain deiciousness! On top of that, this is a sipper recipe. That means you can sip on it all day long without worrying about constantly fueling your body or mixing fuels! This drink is wonderful hot or cold. Let me make a suggestion for you. Stock up on fresh cranberries while they are in the stores this season, then you can keep them in your freezer and have this wonderful drink year round!
This Cranberry Wassail is a THM recipe that can be found (along with many others) on TrimHealthyMama.com and I am including it here for your ease of finding.
Cranberry Wassail (FP)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves (1 teaspoon whole cloves or only 1/2 tsp, if you prefer a less spiced toddy)
- 3 whole star anise (optional)
- 1 & 1/2 quarts water
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (to taste)
- 2 tsp orange extract (or a few drops pure essential orange oil)
- additional water (almost boiling)
- Put cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise into a pot and cover with 1 & 1/2 quarts of water.
- Place a lid on the pot and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and brew for 1 hour while you become completely intoxicated with the heart and home warming aroma.
- Fit a 2-quart jar or large jug with a circle of fine cheesecloth, tying it over the mouth of the jar, or insert a funnel-type coffee filter into the mouth of the jar (Serene uses the permanent filter from her coffee maker for this). Using a ladle, scoop the spicy mixture into your filter to strain it into the jar. Occasionally you might need to swish things around in the filter and maybe even remove some of the mush to allow the liquid to flow through.
- Remove the filter and add very hot water to top off the jar. Add the stevia and orange extract, stir very well, and taste. Adjust the flavorings accordingly to own it.
- Pour your wassail into a warmed crockpot, leave on warm setting and enjoy at your leisure to delight your senses this holiday season and beyond.
The Cranberry Wassail recipe and other delicious THM recipes can be found at www.TrimHealthyMembership.com
Be sure to keep checking back. I will be posting all of the recipes that I like to have on hand to keep me on track during the upcoming holiday season. I will eventually compile them all into a Holiday Menu post to be published on November 1st.