A Wassail is an alcoholic drink (made often with mead or cider) mulled with spices and served hot during the holidays. Wassail, the term, comes from “waes hael” which means “good health.” It also evolved to the term wassailing which was a holiday caroling tradition.
We're feeling festive, and our man, Tom, played with a few Wassail recipes before settling on this one. We hope you enjoy!
HoneyMaker Wassail Recipe
- HoneyMaker Semi Sweet Mead
- Apple Cider
- Mulling Spices: Dried Orange Peel, Cloves, Allspice, Cardamom pods.
- Garnish: 1/2 Cinnamon Stick, Apple Slice
In a Crock Pot (or slowly heated to Hot on the stove top), add the desired amount of Apple Cider (fill the crock pot at least half full to keep the crock pot in good health). Add a good handful, per gallon of cider, of the mulling spices to the crock pot in a closed cheese cloth or larger tea bag. Heat the crock pot on High until the apple cider is nice and steamy, letting the mulling spice flavors infuse into the batch through the cloth pouch. (Do not add cinnamon or mead to the crock pot).
Into a heat proof mug or glass, pour separately...
- 1 part HoneyMaker Semi Sweet Mead (at room temperature)
- 2 parts (Hot) Apple Cider
- Add half a cinnamon stick and one thin apple slice into the mug as a garnish and for a touch of those extra flavors.
Optional garnishes: Dash of nutmeg or orange slice, and if you want to get fancy, spike some cloves into your orange rind.