The most traditional Old English wassail recipes call for whipped eggs and roasted crab apples, which makes for a rich and creamy, even frothy, drink. If you or your guests are averse to imbibing raw egg with your punch, simply skip that step; you’ll end up with a deep, spicy brew that’s just as delicious.
This recipe has been adapted from the traditional Wassail Bowl in the book Some Like it Hot: 50 Drinks to Warm Your Spirits.
|12||small red apples (or crab apples if you can find them)|
|1||square of cheesecloth|
|~||Kitchen twine or undyed string (about 3 inches long)|
|12||cups brown or amber ale|
|2||cups dark brown sugar|
|1||Tbsp. ground ginger|
|1||Tbsp. ground nutmeg|
|3||cups sweet sherry|
|2||lemons, cut into wedges for garnish (optional)|
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