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Yule Countdown: Wonderful Wassail

by Patti Wigington

At the risk of sounding like a Pagan version of Martha Stewart, one of the things I love about the winter holidays is the food. There’s lots of it, and it appears in all different sizes, shapes, and smells. Breads, meats, desserts… you name it, I’m probably baking it some time in December. By the time the chilly nights of Yule arrive, there’s a lot to be said for keeping a big cauldron of something warm on the stovetop – and that’s where wassail comes in handy!

Pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable, so that it rhymes with “fossil,” wassail is a tasty warm concoction that you can brew up in a crockpot or on the stovetop. Originally, it was made with lots of eggs, but tastes changed over the centuries. Although there are a number of different recipes, this one calls for apple cider as a base. You can also add a nip of brandy, just to warm the bones.

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