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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pamela Griffin's Recipe for Wassail







The colonials brought the tradition of wassail from Merry old England to America (though in various forms, the beverage has been around since the Middle Ages). I learned that Wassail comes from the Middle English phrase wæs hæl - which means "good health" or "be you healthy". I have found that it's not just a delicious hot drink but also a remedy that can literally keep you that way. Small wonder, with the ingredients it contains. :)

My entire family loves it during the fall and winter season, not just at Christmas, and in the spring and summer we drink it at the first signs of a cold. It's perfect for cold and flu weather, to help build up the immune system or stop a cold from spreading. And when that sweet cinnamon and spice aroma filters through the house, a sign that it's ready, everyone gathers around the huge pot of wassail, eager for more than just a taste.

Wassail

1 gallon apple cider
4 cups orange juice
2 small cans pineapple juice (or enough for 12 oz.)
1/2 cup lemon juice (normal strength)
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
honey to taste

Put all ingredients in huge pot, cover and simmer over low heat until hot, though you might wish to add the honey in later, when the wassail has warmed enough to melt it. Stir on occasion. Strain into mugs, serve and enjoy. (Note, when storing what remains to reheat later, be sure and first strain the cloves out of the main pot and remove the cinnamon sticks to keep the sweet taste and not have it go too stout.)


Thanks Pamela Griffin for this recipe!!!


3 comments:

  1. I've been making Wassail for over 20 years for my family. Like you, I begin making it once cold weather sets in. What better to warm the heart than to enter a house filled with the aroma of cider and cinnamon after being out in the cold and snow! My family simply MUST have Wassail over the Christmas holidays or something is not right. Thanks for a lovely article.

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  2. Cynthia, Now to figure out the food exchanges on this for my diet! This sounds really healthful, too!

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  3. Thank you, Cynthia! :)
    And it is, Carrie. It is very good for the health and to stop or even help cure a cold and flu.

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