Wassail Hot Cider

Today is the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Saint Elizabeth was born August 28, 1774. Elizabeth was raised in a wealthy household, her father was a doctor. Her mother died when she was only three years old.

At nineteen she married a wealthy businessman. Ten years later she was a penniless widow. Her husband’s business went under and he soon died of tuberculosis. Left to raise five young children on her own she converted to Catholicism in 1805. To take care of her family and their education, she opened a school in Boston. Soon the Archbishop asked her to go to Baltimore and start a school there. This started the first parochial school system in the United States. She founded the Sisters of Charity to help run the place.

She died on January 4th 1821 of natural causes.  I decided to make Wassail. Elizabeth may have drank something similar to this.

Wassail Hot Cider


3 teabags (I used Lipton Black Tea)
1 quart boiling water
2 quarts apple cider
1 quart cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
12 cloves


Steep tea in boiling water for about five minutes. Take the tea bags out and pour the tea into a 6 quart slow cooker. Add cider, cranberry and orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
Cover and cook on low about 4 hours.
Keep warm in cooker while serving.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Peace be with you,