Christmas Wassail
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Christmas Wassail
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:16:19 AM. Recipe ID 46106. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Christmas wassail
 Categories: None
      Yield: 1 Servings
      4    Sticks cinnamon
      2 tb Whole cloves
      2 tb Ginger
      3 c  Sugar
      4 c  Strong tea
     12 oz Frozen orange juice
      6 oz Frozen lemon juice
      2 qt Apple cider
  This recipe was in our local paper this morning. If I were going to
  have a party, I'd serve this for sure! I also enjoyed reading the
  background of wassail: "One legend dates the first wassail to the
  fifth century, when the Saxon subjects of a British overlord
  presented their master with a bowl of ale and proclaimed, 'Lord King,
  be well!' According to this version, this moment gave birth to the
  custom of touching mug to mug with cries of "Wassail!" and "Drink
  hail!" . . . The first vessels probably weren't mugs at all but
  hollowed-out horns. . . . Toasting was so named because in the early
  years of wassailing pieces of Yule cake or toast were floated on top
  of the brew. . . Most ale wassails are concoctions of warm beer and
  sherry, laced with nutmeg, grated ginger and lemon." Lawrence Journal
  Place spices in a cloth bag. In a tall stock pot, combine six cups of
  water and the sugar. Add the spice bag and bring to a boil. After two
  to three minutes, remove from heat and let stand overnight.
  The following day, add the tea, orange juice, lemon juice and apple
  cider to the mix. Add up to 10 6-ounce cans of water and heat. Let
  simmer on the stove.
  Makes one gallon.
  OPTION: Add one jigger of peach brandy to each cup before filling
  with hot wassail.

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Recipe ID 46106 (Apr 03, 2005)

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