Have you ever had wassail?
On NPR’s “Morning Edition” this morning, reporter Kathleen Osborn discusses her search for this very traditional English drink in New England. Have a listen.
I’ve never tried it, but the following are three very different variations on this festive drink.
Randy Baril’s Wassail Recipe
1/2 gallon beer (Preferably a very malty English-style old ale. Mayflower’s Thanksgiving Ale works really well.)
5 sticks of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
5 slices fresh ginger
3 whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon sweet orange peel (optional)
On stovetop or in a slow cooker, add spices to beer. (Can use a tea bag for
the clove, allspice and orange so they can be removed easily. Allow
the cinnamon and ginger to go free-range.)
Warm to just under a simmer and hold for at least 30 minutes.
Adjust spice blend to your taste. For extra sweet wassail, add a bit of brown sugar.
Enjoy on a cold winter night in the company of friends and family while singing to keep the dark at bay.
Clarence Zimmerman Family Wassail Recipe
1 to 2 bottles of champagne
1 pint vodka
1 cup brandy
32 ounces fresh tart juice (cranberry or orange)
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a decorative vessel that the whole family can drink from.
The Prince and The Pauper Wassail Recipe
Fresh apple cider
Little bit of orange juice
A little less lemon juice
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of ginger
Steep all ingredients for a half-hour on a low boil. Add brandy, rum or vodka as desired.