Yule Wassail

Wassail - A traditional Christmas and New Year toast, derived from the Anglo-Saxon words for “to your health” – “waes hael”.
Wassail - Traditionally, the drink was made with a base of cider and topped with pieces of toast. In more modern times the drink, has become a spiced and very alcoholic hot beverage that was offered to visitors throughout the festive period, or in some cases taken around the community in a large wooden bowl
Wassailing - or singing carols door to door wishing good health…
Traditionally, the wassail is celebrated on the Twelfth Night (variously on either January 5 or 6). In the middle ages, the wassail was a reciprocal exchange between the feudal lords and their peasants as a form of recipient-initiated charitable giving.

This is a recipe was shared by Novice Sister Catheter of the Sacred Immaculate Ejaculate
Sister acknowledges the use of various informational sources including the InterWeb.

  • 6 red apples
  • 180g brown sugar
  • 2 ltr apple cider
  • 500 ml dry sherry
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger strips
  • ½ tsp lemon peel
  • ½ tsp orange peel

  1. Core and heat apples with brown sugar and some of the ale or cider in an oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Place in a large saucepan and add rest of the spices and lemon peel, simmer on stove top of 5 minutes.
  3. Add most of the alcohol at the last minute so it heats up but does not evaporate.

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