I heard this song growing up and didn’t know what the heck wassail was. There is this memory stuck in my head of a Christmas special where all the Christmas songs were messed up and I couldn’t figure out what wassail was once the song was corrected. I digress.
After Kathy and I met I fell in love with wassail (and Kathy), her mom makes it every year over the holidays. There have been times where I carried my mug around all day full of wassail. There is no telling how much I drank those days, and we never seemed to run out. Recently we have been making it at home at night and I the other night saw Alton Brown make it with alcohol (hence the ale part of the name I guess) and eggs. I guess either I was blind to its popularity for a long time, or it is a new fad because I see it all over the place.
There seems to be great variation in recipes here is ours. Note that we don’t really measure it is done to taste.
-Apple cider (or juice)
-Mulling Spice (from the bulk section of HEB)
-Cinnamon Stick (from the bulk section of HEB, if no has stolen it again)
Heat all ingredients together over stove in a pot or in some other heating device for a while (normally until it bowls or you just can’t take smelling it and must drink it). Cindy has used a percolator and it worked great. If you want to share your recipe in the comments that would be great with me. Who knows I might adjust my our recipe.–Dirk