This is the season for a wassail. We like to make this to accompany my apple and mead cake, although we substitute the mead for cider.
We drink it around a fire, offering some of the cider to our garden fruit trees.
Yesterday we took some out to a local woodland and used it to warm ourselves whilst volunteering and maintaining the woodland pathways.
- 2 bottles dry cider
- 3 heaped tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 6 allspice berries
- 3 large cap fulls of brandy or sloe gin
Stick all the ingredients into a large pan and heat gently for 5-10 minutes until warm through. Do not boil.
Strain through a muslin cloth or tea-towel and serve immediately.