This Classical Christmas drink was used to be drunk in the medieval times to be ensured that there would be a good cider apple harvest the next year. Wassail (Waes hael) is an Anglo-Saxon word and it means Good health. Make a big saucepan of it, and enjoy this nice Yule drink. And if you want, add some alcohol in the end.
- 7 dl (3 cups) unfiltered apple juice (if you have your own apples just press them)
- 0,8 dl (1,3 cup) lemon or pineapple juice
- 3 dl (1,2 cups) orange juice
- 10 whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 a inch nub of fresh peeled and finely chopped ginger
- Just a tiny bit ground nutmeg
- 3-5cinnamon sticks, depending how much cinnamon flavour you want. I prefer 5.
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- If you want some alcohol add some bourbon or vodka.
- Add all the ingredients to a big saucepan, except if you want alcohol wait with that.
- Heat it all up and then let it simmer for 40 minutes.
- If you want to add some alcohol, add it before you serve.
- Remove the cloves, serve in mugs. It is a nice touch to keep the cinnamon stick in the mug.
In the old days the wassail was served in a big bowl. Often in pewter or silver, and nicely decorated.