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!
- 1 Quart apple cider
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup honey
- 1/4 Cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon peel; grated
- 3 oranges
- 3 teaspoons cloves, whole
- Poke 1 teaspoon whole cloves into each orange for Floating Cloved Oranges.
- Add cider, seasonings, and Floating Cloved Oranges to crockpot; heat, covered at least 1/2 hour, and the longer, the better.
- Serve warm in cups with Orange Stars or cut segments.
- Orange Stars: cut oranges into 1/2" slices.
- Stick 5 cloves around slice at equal intervals; cut out wedges between cloves.
- The result looks kind of like a star.