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Pineapple Cider Wassail

 Pineapple Cider Wassail
Pineapple juice prevents this hot drink from becoming overly sweet. Skip the rum—without sacrificing flavor—for a beverage that's ideal for guests of all ages.—Lori Schmeling, Hartland, Wisconsin
14 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups apricot nectar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup rum, optional

Directions

  • Place the cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom on a double thickness
  • of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to
  • form a bag.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the apple cider, pineapple juice,
  • apricot nectar and orange juice. Add spice bag. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until flavors
  • are blended. Discard spice bag. Stir in rum if desired. Serve warm.
  • Yield: 14 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup (calculated without rum) equals 95 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.