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Wassail Recipe

Wassail is an herbal mulled beer that was popular in northern European countries and was served around Twelth night. The term “Wassail” comes from an Anglo-Saxon blessing that means “be in good health”, and this hot beverage was taken to neighbours as a blessing of friendship. Wassail was also brought to the apple orchard to bless the most productive apple trees in hopes of a good harvest in the coming year.

To prepare your own wassail you will need:1 ½  pounds of apples, cored¼ teaspoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon ground ginger1/8 teaspoon nutmeg(plus some to sprinkle on top)1/8 teaspoon clove3 tablespoons sugar1 quart aleFor a non alcoholic version, substiture apple juice or apple cider for the ale.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Place apple in a large baking dish and bake for 45 minutes (or untiul skins split).Take out to cool.When cool, remove the peel and mash the pulp.Blend pulp with spices and sugar.Heat the ale in a large pot.Blend in spiced apple mixture and allow this to come to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.Pour into in a heatproof bowl and sprinkle with nutmeg.Serves 4-6

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