Wassail is an Anglo-Saxon greeting “waes hail” in which to wish others prosperity and good health.
This 13th-century phrase for their salutation became a popular term for the drink participants toasted with.
It is commonly practiced today during the holiday season.
- Five Red Delicious apples (cored, peeled, and halved)
- One in a half tablespoons light brown sugar
- Eight (two quarts) cups of apple cider
- Half cup brandy (optional)
- One teaspoon ground ginger
- One teaspoon nutmeg
- Eight whole allspice berries
- Two whole cloves
- Two sticks of cinnamon
- Six eggs (separated)
This wassail recipe serves 5 to 6 people.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Placing apple halves with the cut side facing upward onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Toss in a sprinkling of light brown sugar and bake for forty-five minutes, until softened.
While you’re waiting for the apples to bake, pour apple cider and brandy into a crockpot.
On medium-low heat, warm up the mixture.
Make sure it does not come to a boil.
Add in the nutmeg and ground ginger.
Place cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, and cloves into a cheesecloth and tie into a bundle.
Put the bag inside of cider, warming up for thirty minutes.
Using a small bowl, beat egg yolks and put it to the side.
Whip egg whites in a medium bowl, adding in the egg yolks and mix until well blended.
Pour one cup of wassail mixture into eggs, using a whisk while pouring.
Remove the spice bag from wassail, pouring the mixture into a large punch bowl.
Add in the eggs, gently stirring together. the combination will begin to froth and float on top.
Place the apple halves into your punch bowl. Serve up in mugs and enjoy!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Wassail Recipe
- What is wassail made of?
Wassail is a hot mule cider that is traditionally consumed during the time of Christmas Eve. It was a part of a drinking tradition which ensure that good Cider harvest will happen during the next year.
- What is the difference between apple cider and wassail?
As such, there is no difference between the drinks Apple Cider and wassail. Both drinks are spiced juices or wine. A wassail is basically a warmed spiced Apple drink.
- How long does wassail keep for?
If the wassail is made properly, then it can be kept for a period of about 4 to 5 days.
- What does wassail smell like?
The smell of the wassail is a mixture of apple cider mixed with pineapple and coated with very spicy cloves and some cinnamons.
- Is wassailing a pagan?
Yes, wassailing is a pagan ceremony that is done to bring the spring.
- Can you freeze wassail?
Yes, the wassail can be freeze easily. It has to be poured in an airtight container and then can be kept in the freezer but remember to leave about an inch space for the expansion process.
This is another recipe full of flavors. The addition of Apple makes it special.
Every time I have made this one on Christmas, I have only got appreciation and special mentions. I highly recommend this to my readers.
In case you get stuck in any of the steps then do ask me in the comments below.
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