Sunday, November 16, 2014

: A Hoosier Wrestles With No Hassle Wassail

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7 pints of brown ale, 1 bottle of dry sherry, cinnamon stick, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, lemon slices (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Anointing The wassail continues with anointing the roots of the tree with Cider to put back some goodness into the soil. The wassail continues with some 306010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How To Make No Hassle Yuletide Wassail

Source: By Jeremy Tarling from London, United Kingdom (wassail Uploaded by LongLiveRock) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via
Clove your oranges before you slice them.
Clove your oranges before you slice them.
Boil the gingerale and not the booze.
Boil the gingerale and not the booze.

Have A Party To Assure the Health of Your or Anybody's Apple Trees

Wassail is an old English salute that mean to your health. It was originally a hard cider drink. Wassail was made in Southren England as part of a ritual to ensure a good apple crop the next year. Wassailing was when farmers went from village to village drinking the mulled hard cider and wishing good health to the apple trees.
Yuletide Wassail could be hard cider , but it was more likely a heated beer or mead with sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The hot Wassail was places in a bowl. Guest partook of the ale by using toast or bread to soak it up. I suggest you spare your carpet soggy crumbs and serve your Wassail in punch cups.
Lambs' wool Wassail was originally a wassail made with baked apples. It was called “La Mas Ubhal,’ named after the angel who looked after fruit. The English pronounced the angel’s name like lambs wool and apparently added milk or cream. This supposedly gives the drink the appearance of lambs wool.
Part of a Lamb’s Wool Wassailing Song
Next crowne the bowle full of
With gentle Lambs wooll,
Adde sugar, nutmeg, and ginger,
With store of ale too,
And thus ye must doe
To make the Wassaile a swinger.

Wassail While You Work

This also is a good holiday office party drink..Don’t just make this at Christmas. Wassail is good for New Year’s Eve and after any kind of out door winter activity. Heck be a trendsetter and celebrate 12th night. I mean the fertility of your neighbor’s fruit trees is depending on you so wassail away!
This recipe gives your two versions of wassail. One in which you add a little milk and give the wassail the lamb’s wool look. The other version you garnish the Wassail with the clove studded orange slices.

Cook Time No Hassle Yuletide Wassail

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 25 4oz servings

Ingrediants for No Hassle Yuletide Wassail

  • 6 Apples, Small
  • 2 Oranges
  • 24 whole cloves, for garnish
  • 2 tsp allspice, ground
  • 3 cardamom, Pods or 1/4 tsp ground
  • 3 whole cloves, or 1/8 tsp ground for mulling
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 2 liters Ginger Ale
  • 1 (750ml) Cream Sherry
  • 1 cup Brandy, Apricot or be creative
  • 1 Cup (optional) Milk, enough for a splash on the in 4 oz of Wassail to make Lambs wool

Nutrition for Yuletide Wassail.. Sure it has fruit .. Must be good for you!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 oz
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 28 g
Sodium 5 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Regency Spice Bags for Bouquet Garnis with Drawstring Tops, set of 4

Regency Spice Bags for Bouquet Garnis with Drawstring Tops,

Instructions for No Hassle Yuletide Wassail

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook your apples on a cookie sheet for at least 20 minutes. They should be brown and tender when done.
  2. Break up your spices and secure them in a cheese cloth with a cotton string. I cheat I just cut a coffee filter to fit a tea ball.
  3. It is more authentic to use cardamom pods and whole clove, but you end up grinding them up. Fresh ground cardamom is much more potent then regular ground. This is the conversion. There are four seeds per cardamom pod. So grinding the seeds yields you less than a ¼ teaspoon. So I figure a ¼ of a teaspoon makes up for the loss of potency in the ground variety of cardamom
  4. You want whole cloves to decorate the sides of your orange slices. Don’t try to put the whole cloves in the oranges after you slice them. Twelve cloves will go on each orange. Arrange them in a way that the slices have even numbers of cloves. You want 12 slices out of each orange. If you are going to offer both the lamb’s wool version of the wassail with the apples, you will not need as many orange slices or you can make them thicker.
  5. Just In case you are not use to using whole cloves, they are the ones your mother put on the Ham at Easter when you were growing up. One clove is 1/8 of a teaspoon. I just use the ground versions. Besides, if you don’t live if a big city than cardamom pods are generally not available at your corner store. If you choose to ground the cardamom pods and whole cloves you can do it all at the same time in any standard coffee grinder.
  6. Heat two cups of ginger ale until boiling . place your spice bag in the ginger ale. Simmer the mixture for about twenty minutes. Throw out the spice bag. Add the rest of the ginger ale, sherry, and brandy. Do not boil, but simmer on a medium heat until very hot. Heat your Wassail no more than ten minutes. We do not really want to lose the booze content by cooking it out. No one likes a wussy wassail.
  7. If it was not obvious you do not want to make the lamb’s wool version of this Wassail and use oranges. Oranges will curd your Wassail, if you have added milk.
  8. You will garnish your Wassail with the cooked apples if you whisk in milk at the last minute or the clove studded orange slices. Serve the wassail while it is hot. This makes 25 4 once servings
These men care so much about their neighbors apple trees that they now are driving out the evil spirits by beating the tree with a stick.
These men care so much about their neighbors apple trees that they now are driving out the evil spirits by beating the tree with a stick.
Source: Glyn Baker [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Have A 12th Night Party and Beat Some Fruit Trees

This is obviously an English thing. But have if you go have any English blood or by chance speak English then I believe this is an appropriate thing to do while you drink Wassail. In the states, we have lots of apple trees. These men are ensuring their English apple trees are fertile by beating the evil spirits out of them . Then I think they get toasted ( by soping toast in Wassail ) and sing to the tree. Wonder if this is the origin of toasted?
If you live in Florida , I see not reason you could not beat an orange tree. I suggest that you do this in your own yard! Wassailing in your neighbors yard might just get you arrested. Wassail at your own risk!

An Apple Wassail Hampshire Style: You Got To Wassail Toasted to Do This!

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