If you’ve heard the old English carol, “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” you might’ve wondered to yourself, “What the heck is wassail, anyway?” Us too. Who knew? The next time you've got the urge to go a-caroling, make sure to have plenty of this spiced apple drink on hand.MORE+LESS-
pieces crystallized ginger
Optional: Rum or whisky, as desired
Add the apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and ginger to a large pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 45 minutes.
Strain the liquid to remove the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and chunks of ginger.
Serve in a mug, garnish with cinnamon sticks. Add a shot of whiskey or rum to each mug if desired.
- To keep the mixture warm, place in a slow cooker on low.
More About This Recipe
- Fun fact: Wassailing started way back when in England, where people gathered around singing and drinking to the health of apple trees on the twelfth night of Christmas. They sang in hopes of awakening the trees and scaring away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest the next fall. The singing would be accompanied by food and drink, specifically a warm and spiced apple cider.