We love a good cold beer as much as anyone (especially if it's local!)
But on those chilly evenings, or at your special holiday gatherings, sometimes you need something a little more fortifying to warm your heart and your soul.
Wassail is a traditional winter punch that is typically made with apples, spices, and a spirit, such as brandy. It is often associated with the Christmas season and is traditionally served hot in a punch bowl. The word "wassail" comes from the Old English phrase "waes hael," which means "good health." In addition to being a popular drink, wassail also has a long history as a ceremony in which people would go door-to-door singing and offering a cup of wassail to their neighbors as a symbol of good will and celebration.
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With a bit of the history out of the way, here is our recipe. Take this as a place to start and then get as creative as you would like experimenting with new flavors! If you find any new favorite concoctions, drop us a line and let us know. Or bring some by in a steaming kettle during your next caroling jaunt!
Happy holidays from your friends at Louisville Ale Trail!
-David, Michael, John
(makes approx. 2.5 gallons)
In a large crockpot of kettle, combine:
Tip: to really let the flavors mingle you can also let the simmered Wassail sit covered overnight, then warm again when ready to serve.
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