Wassail (Middle English 'wæs hæl' - ‘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 toast. 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.”
Warm Cider Spiced Wassail (single serving)
1 gallon fresh apple cider, ale, or mead
1/3 cup Oliver Pluff Cider Spices Wassail Blend
1/2 cup sugar (if desired)
1. Fill a pot with 1 gallon of fresh apple cider, ale, or mead and place over heat.