This Classical Christmas drink was used to be drunk in the medieval times to be ensured that there would be a good cider apple harvest the next year. Wassail (Waes hail or hael depending on who you ask..) is an Anglo-Saxon word and it means Good health. Make a big saucepan of it, and enjoy this nice winter drink. And if you want, add some alcohol to it in the end.
- 8 dl (2,5 cups) unfiltered apple juice (if you have your own apples just press them) or apple cider
- 0,5 dl (1,3 cup) lemon or pineapple juice
- 2,5 dl (1,2 cups) orange juice
- 10 whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 a inch nub of fresh peeled and finely chopped ginger
- Just a tiny bit ground nutmeg
- 5cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
A little extra touch
- If you want some alcohol add some bourbon, port or vodka.
- And you can boil the apples with the cloves poked into the apple. It looks beautiful if you wan’t to make a lot of it and serve in a big bowl.
- Add all the ingredients to a big saucepan, except if you want alcohol wait with that.
- Heat it all up and then let it simmer for 40 minutes.
- If you want to add some alcohol, add it before you serve.
- Remove the cloves, serve in mugs. It is a nice touch to keep the cinnamon stick in the mug.
In the old days the wassail was served in a big bowl. Often in pewter or silver, and nicely decorated.
By Malin Nordblom
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