My nephew recently did a presentation on Christmas in Great Britain for his 3rd grade class. As part of the presentation, he made wassail for his classmates. Since he now is hooked on the beverage, I had him bring it for Christmas dinner. :) It is good!
Here's the recipe (adapted for a classroom):
1 gallon apple cider
1 whole clove per child (20-35)
1 whole allspice per child (20-35)
2-3 cinnamon sticks
2/3 c. sugar
1-2 slice oranges or apples (optional)
Put cider in a large pot; add spices and sugar. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain out spices and pour into a punch bowl. Float orange or apple slices on top. Serve.