When we lived in Ohio, we enjoyed a friendship with Jim and Michele Purton. They were originally from North Dakota (the first people we'd ever met from North Dakota), and eventually moved to Missouri. We lost track of them when they left Redstart. A loss, as they were such delightful people. Michele worked in management at the post office, and Jim was a police officer.
At Christmas time, Jim made and served a mean wassail. Last week I served it to a group of friends, and they asked for the recipe. So here it is. And if any reader knows Jim and Michele Purton, please direct them to this blog so we can reconnect!
Jim Purton's Wassail
1 gallon of cider
1 cup of brown sugar
1 can 6 ounces frozen lemonade
1 can 6 ounces frozen orange juice
1 tablespoon cloves
1 tablespoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Tie the cloves and allspice in cheesecloth. Put everything else in a great big pot. Simmer 20 minutes. Discard spices. Add rum to taste when serving.