Yesterday we discussed that cup of good cheer, mulled wine, as a traditional Christmas drink.
Today we present the other drink of holiday song, the wassail bowl (pronounced WOSS-ul).
Wassail is an Anglo-Saxon term meaning “good health.” During the holiday season in merrie olde [medieval] England, a host would invite friends over for a celebratory drink. The festivities began when the host held up the bowl and exclaimed, “Wassail!”
Punch was drunk, songs were sung. The tradition began in the 14th century in southern England, where the apple groves produced a lot of cider. The first wassail bowls contained hot mulled cider.
But your wassail bowl can contain whatever type of punch you like, hot or chilled.
While recipes have evolved, the first wassail bowls contained hot mulled cider. Photo courtesy FeastsFromThePantry.com.
While wassail is a spirited drink, you can make a non-alcoholic versions as well.
Here’s a video recipe for wassail.
This non-alcoholic version of a wassail recipe combines apple cider and pineapple juice: certain to be popular with the kids.
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