Musings from a promise-collector

Wassail


Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Have you ever wondered about that song? I often wondered what “wassailing” was. In college, I found out. ‘”Wassail’ comes from the Old Norse ‘ves heill’–to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.” (Cited here.)

Wassail is a wonderfully fabulous drink to serve at Christmas – it tastes great and makes the whole house smell delicious! For your next family get together, you may want to make a big pot of this.

Wassail

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves

Mix in a pot and boil for 10 minutes. Can be served hot or cold.

If you make it ahead of time and refrigerate it, the flavors blend even more. Then just reheat before serving, if you choose to serve it hot.

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Comments on: "Wassail" (2)

  1. Ooh, this sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a try next time I pick up apple cider.

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