How to make it

  • 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.

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