Every year we have a big Christmas party. It is my favorite party of the year, because I get to cook, cook and cook. All the food is served in small bites, appetizer portions. We will have about 40 people, and I have a little over twenty recipes to make. It is a lot of work, and I rarely have time to think about a fun beverage. This year, I’ve got the drink covered. Over the Halloween weekend, I made some Apple Cider Pomegranate Wassail in my slow cooker. Can I just tell you how good my kitchen smelled?! A wassail is spiced ale or mulled wine. I made mine non-alcoholic with some delicious apple cider and pomegranate juice. It is still flavored with cinnamon sticks, star anise and allspice. I probably could have called it mulled apple cider, but I remember singing a Christmas Carol “Here We Come A Wassailing” during a school Christmas event when we lived in England. I think I was in 6th grade. Having a glass of wassail sounded so exciting to a 6th grader. I did not know what it was at the time, just that I should be drinking it at Christmas. It took me 30 years before I actually tried it.
A co-worker of mine made it for an office Christmas party. We just happened to win the office decorating contest that year too! Big bragging rights there. Fast forward another 10 years, and I am making it at home. As my version has no alcohol, it is perfect for children and adults alike. Instead of having a mug of hot chocolate after school, my daughter can enjoy a mug of Apple Cider Pomegranate Wassail. This recipe also makes a lot, I mean a lot. I used a gallon of apple cider in the recipe after all. It is very important to use apple cider instead of apple juice. Apple cider should not have any sugar added to it. Read the label to make sure you get apple cider without sugar. Apple juice has sugar added to it. I wanted to control the sweetness and with the pomegranate juice, I’ve made a more tart beverage perfect for Winter.
When your guests arrive, they will be greeted by the delicious aroma of the spices and citrus brewing in your slow cooker. There is no need for those artificial smelling candles. Sorry, they make me sneeze, so I am not a fan. The smell is intoxicating and will bring a festive and warm glow to your party. It is a very simple recipe. Make a ginger simple syrup with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated. Pour the syrup, cider and pomegranate juice into the slow cooker. Throw in the spices and set it to low for four hours. That is it! SPLENDA® isn’t just for baking. You find lots of other ideas in the Sweet Swaps program by SPLENDA® Sweeteners. You can also follow SPLENDA® sweeteners on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.
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