You may be saying, what the heck is Christmas Wassail. Well you may remember a Christmas carol about “Here we go A Wassailing”? Wassail is a hot, mulled drink associated with the Yuletide holidays.
It was traditionally Christmas Wassail was drunk from a ‘wassailing bowl’. Known as the earliest form of mead; which was roasted crab apples. Later, it evolved to become a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Modern recipes begin with a base of fruit juices, wine, or mulled ale, sometimes with brandy or bourbon added. Apples or oranges are often floated on top of the mix. Great bowls turned from wood, pottery or tin and often had many handles for shared drinking and highly decorated lids were used. Antique examples can still be found in traditional pubs.
THE GROCERY LIST:
- 4 cups fresh apple cider
- 1 bottle red wine
- 12 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 6 whole allspice
- 3 cinnamon sticks (Get extra to garnish)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 honey
- 1/4 cup of Top shelf Bourbon (Optional)
- cheesecloth & kitchen twine
- Garnish with fresh ground nutmeg and 1 cinnamon stick per drink
To make the Wassail, wrap the cloves, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon sticks in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen string. Combine the cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, and spice bag in a large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Serve warm, makes 10-12 glasses.A cute little holiday idea I did was create some favors for a an open house for all the guest of Mulling Spices with the recipe card attached. I left them near the door in a cute little basket as a party favor.
Not only could you use these cute little spices as Mulling Spices for wine they are also great in apple cider, or even as room fragrance. You can simply add these to a pot of boiling water and scent your entire home. They even smell great just in the these sweet little vintage style paper sacks and could be placed into a linen closet or small room as a sachet.
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