Friday, December 01, 2006
Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town
I love wassail. I love to have it simmering on the stove. It fills the house with Christmas-y smells. It's so relaxing to sip on a cold winter's day. I have a big jug of cider in my fridge that I add simmering spices to for an easy wassail, but for "company" wassail, I like to make my mother-in-law's recipe.
Simmer for 1 hr.:
1 qt. water
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 C. sugar
1 ginger root, cut up
Strain (can be made in advance. Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.) Add:
1 large can frozen orange juice plus water called for on can
1 small can frozen lemonade plus water called for on can
2 qts. apple juice
Here's a little wassail trivia from Wikipedia: The word wassail comes from the an Old English toast, waes hael which means good health. Wassail comes from the winter celebrations of northern Europe. Originally wassail was made from beer. Spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon as well as sugar and ale were placed in a wassail bowl, heated, and topped with slices of toast. Yum.