The Winter Solstice took place this year on Dec. 22. It’s the point in the year when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Capricorn and marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.
Historically, people have celebrated the solstice with recipes that include lamb or mutton, plum pudding and punch. Here’s a recipe for Wassail Punch from the Country Treasures from
Virginia Farm Bureau Kitchens cookbook. It was contributed to
the book by Faye Davis of ,
who noted that it also is great after sleighriding. Campbell County
This punch can be mixed ahead of time and warmed before serving.
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24 whole cloves
4 sticks cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 gallon apple cider
1 quart orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 quart pineapple juice
Tie spices in cloth or leave loose, whichever you prefer. Mix and simmer for 10 minutes in the cider and fruit juices. Serve hot. Store remainder in refrigerator. Serves 24.