Spicing Up Homes for Sale in Santa Cruz County: Cider Wassail Recipe for Your Open House

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 11:01pm.

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, the fall is a great time to sell homes for sale in Santa Cruz County. Nostalgia runs rampant in potential buyers. That “nesting” feeling pushes them to look harder for the perfect home. After all, who wouldn’t want Thanksgiving or Christmas to be the day their friends and family see the gorgeous new home?

With this in mind, many sellers hold open houses in the fall. It gives potential buyers the opportunity to walk through homes for sale in Santa Cruz County looking for that dream home they can call their own. Agents, homeowners or both smile, nod, and graciously offer drinks and snacks. It’s a beautiful thing.

It’s amazing what a little extra touch can do to spice up an open house. A cider wassail bowl may be just the extra touch that could help sell your home this fall.

This wassail bowl is a hot and spicy cider punch. Traditionally, it’s made with ale or wine, but you never want to overdo it with the alcohol at an open house. You can make it hours before, and put it in a slow cooker on very low to keep it warm. This recipe makes 12 servings.

3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
5 small red cooking apples
2 quarts apple cider
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 stick cinnamon
4 whole cloves

Heat corn syrup in a small pan; combine sugar and ¼ tsp. cinnamon in a shallow dish. Roll each apple in hot syrup, then in the sugar. Arrange on a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes (apples shouldn’t lose their shape).

In a large pan, slowly heat the apple cider, lemon, stick of cinnamon and cloves over a very low heat. Don’t let it boil; boiled apple cider gets a bitter taste. Before serving, strain out the spices and add the roasted apples. Serve piping hot.

This is my favorite cider recipe to use, but this wassail bowl recipe is equally tasty.

When you have multiple homes for sale in Santa Cruz County, like I do, you quickly learn the things that work and the things that don’t. Whether you serve apple cider, cider wassail or just a plain fruit punch, the little things can make all the difference.

If you’d like to get your home sold over the holiday season, I can help. Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com or visit my website at www.MySantaRealEstate.com for more information.


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