Old English Wassail - Cider Spices
1.5 oz Package - Brews 1 Gallon
Brewing Tips: Fill a pot with 1 gallon of fresh apple cider, or ale, or mead. Mix in cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg with 1/2 cup sugar, and simmer at low heat for 1-2 hours. Strain, then serve hot, topping each cup with a slice of toast.
History: Wassail (Middle English 'waes hael' - 'be you healthy') refers both to the salute "Waes Hail" and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider drunk as part of wassailing, an English ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. Historically, the drink is a mulled cider, mulled beer, or mead, made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with slices of toast; which were sometimes hung in the branches of apple trees. A group then sings: "Old apple tree, old apple tree, we've come to wassail thee, to bear and to bow apples enow, hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs."