Wassail refers to several related traditions; first and foremost wassailing is an ancient southern English tradition that is performed with the intention of ensuring a good crop of cider apples for the next year’s harvest.

It also refers to both the salute ‘Waes Hail‘, the term itself is a contraction of the Middle English phrase wæs hæl, meaning literally ‘good health’ or ‘be you healthy’ and to the drink of wassail which is a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of the wassail ceremony.

Modern Wassail is a richly flavored mulled cider with a hint of orange and bold spices are added, giving it a perfect taste for the Holiday. Be of good cheer! The Wassail Bowl is here!

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Wassail
 
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Recipe type: Punches, Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4 8-ounce Cups
Ingredients
WASSAIL
  • 1 Quart apple cider
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel; grated
FLOATING CLOVED ORANGES
  • 3 oranges
  • 3 teaspoons cloves, whole
Instructions
  1. Poke 1 teaspoon whole cloves into each orange for Floating Cloved Oranges.
  2. Add cider, seasonings, and Floating Cloved Oranges to crockpot; heat, covered at least 1/2 hour, and the longer, the better.
  3. Serve warm in cups with Orange Stars or cut segments.
  4. Orange Stars: cut oranges into 1/2" slices.
  5. Stick 5 cloves around slice at equal intervals; cut out wedges between cloves.
  6. The result looks kind of like a star.

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