Jim Purton's Wassail Recipe

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.


Marla said…
I've always wondered what wassail was. Looks delicious!
QuiltingFitzy said…
I like to use the searches and dig up people I'm curious about. I checked www.zabasearch.com for your folks and don't see them. Any idea where else they may have moved? You might use that search and try using the city they had originally come from or where they lived last.

I've found my maid of honor and people I worked with in the 80's. It's a blast to reconnect!
QuiltingFitzy said…
Hmmm, I just tried putting in James Purton without a state, and making a mental note of streets..then did Michele Purton. I found both names have a similar address in Menlo Park, CA. Maybe?
It'd be worth sending a Christmas card, sign your name and put an email address only.

Regardless, have fun.

Merry Christmas.
Anonymous said…
Jim Purton says: Wow, it's been a long time since we enjoyed the great wassail on South Lincoln St. in Kent. What a great time we had over the several years we shared that address. You can contact us at jim.purton@cox.net

We live near Fredericksburg, VA now & it was us in Menlo Park, CA, but only for a year.

We are currently in Jekyll Island, GA making our way gradually to Florida for the winter in our motor home. 3 dogs are keeping us warm & tonight we really need them - it's going down to freezing. No snow at least & that's why we come south.

Merry Christmas to all!

Jim & Michele
M. said…
I really think that there's nothing better in the world than having a friend (or even a foe) give you a really great recipe.