Victoria Moran, a bestselling author, inspirational speaker and corporate spokesperson, offers a delightful recipe for a wassail – a spiced ale or mulled wine which is a traditional beverage for celebrations of Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. You can find many more recipes in her book, "Main Street Vegan." You can see more information about Victoria below, and you can visit her website at www.mainstreetvegan.net.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 3/4 cup light agave
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring the liquid just to the boiling point and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out the spices and serve warm.

An option for entertaining: put all ingredients into a crockpot, heat to close to boiling and keep warm for the duration of the party. Do not allow spices to remain in the slow-cooker longer than 30 minutes. Serves 12 – and makes your house smell like Christmas memories! The spices are also health promoters: cloves, for example, are the highest antioxidant food in common usage.

More about Victoria

Victoria Moran is the author of a dozen books including, “Main Street Vegan” (co-written with daughter Adair Moran and available at Amazon here) and "Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World." Victoria was twice featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and she hosts the weekly "Main Street Vegan" talk show on Unity.FM. An international speaker on vibrant living, Victoria is also the founder and director of Main Street Vegan® Academy (www.mainstreetvegan.net/academy), an exciting, in-person course of instruction in New York City to train and certify vegan lifestyle coaches and educators.