Many years ago when I lived in Utah while attending school, I was introduced to a drink that I had never heard of. Wassail is super popular in Utah around the holidays. It is a traditional Medieval drink that consisted of mulled cider. It has evolved over time and the version you traditionally have now has hot apple cider, pineapple juice and and orange juice in it.
It is more commonly served hot, and usually has a few different spices that are steeped in it. This drink smells amazing, when you walk into someones home you always know when they have Wassail on their stove because the whole house is filled with such a fragrant smell.
The version I am sharing with you today is not hot, it is cold and is my version of a cocktail. I was able to serve up my drink in these amazing Moscow mule mugs by Moscow Muled. These handcrafted mugs are 100% pure copper, and lined with a high grade nickle. What I absolutely love about these mugs, is that because they are handcrafted and the handles are welded onto the mugs, they are guaranteed leak free. I have seen many copper mugs and they do not have the craftsmanship or care that have gone into making these mugs.
On the outside of these mugs, they have the most beautiful hand hammered dents that create such an amazing aesthetic appeal, when you see the little drops of condensation run down the sides it is just gorgeous. You can serve hot or cold beverages in them. They hold 475 milliliters of liquid, which has plenty of space to get your holiday cheer on.
Moscow Muled is a company based out of Vancouver. They strive to make the world a better place by donating 15% of their earning to non-profit organizations that work hard at stopping impaired driving. I love supporting local and Canadian companies, especially ones that truly emulate high quality and standards. Make sure to check out there website and order up some beautiful mugs for your upcoming holiday parties, or for a present for that cocktail lover in your life!
1 liter of pineapple juice
1 liter of orange juice
1 cup of lemon juice
1 - 750 milliliter bottle of Martinelli's sparkling apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
15 whole cloves
1 large orange, sliced into whole round slices
Chill your sparkling apple cider.
In a large pot add the pineapple, orange, lemon juice, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. Bring it to a simmer on a medium heat, once it is at a simmer turn the heat down to in between low and medium. Cook for 60 minutes on the stove top. This allows the cloves and cinnamon to become fragrant and release their spice.
Remove the juice from the heat and place in a heat proof pitcher, place in the fridge and cool the juices for 2 to 3 hours (or all day until time for serving).
Grab your cups, and fill them up half way with the juice, add 1 or 2 ice cubs, then top off the glass with the chilled sparkling apple cider. Add a slice of an orange on the side, or in the drink and enjoy!
Aren't those mugs GORGEOUS!! I am so excited to have them and have had quite a few people say how jealous they are. I am going to feature another drink for the holidays soon, that will feature these beauties again. So if you want to make your table look more festive, because copper is a great metallic to have combined in your Christmas decor, then head on over to Moscow Muled and order some mugs up! Be sure to hand wash them and dry them with a soft cloth, this will ensure that the copper stays the beautiful colour and that the mugs will have a long life.
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