For one night only, the residents of the small town of Columbus, Mississippi, whip out their very best hot mulled cider recipes to put their mulling tastes to the test at the annual Wassail Fest in historic downtown Main Street.
Groups can shop through the town to rate each store’s wassail recipe for a chance to win one of many door prizes. This charming town shows its true colors over this festive and free holiday celebration with art, entertainment, a Christmas tree lighting, and plenty of homemade wassail. Here is a recipe to make some hot mulled cider yourself, courtesy allrecipes.com.
Hot Mulled Cider Recipe
Original recipe makes 11 cups
• 1 large orange
• 3 whole cloves
• 2 3/4 cups fresh orange juice
• 8 cups apple juice
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1 cinnamon stick
1. Peel the skin from the orange leaving the bitter white pith behind. Stick the cloves into the skin. Squeeze the juice from the orange and add to the 2-3/4 cups orange juice. Place all ingredients into a large nonreactive pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover and allow to stand at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve warm or cold.