Family Recipes from the Daughters of
Carson and Eagle Valleys


Wassail
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Lemon slices
  • 6 cups claret
  1. Combine sugar, cinnamon sticks, 3 lemon slices and 1/2 cup water in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat; strain.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan.
  5. Place over low heat until hot, but do not boil.
  6. Combine cinnamon mixture and juice mixture; mix well.
  7. Add lemon slices. Serve hot. Makes 20 servings.
Wassailing is an ancient English custom used at the feasts of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day which has been revived in Colonial Williamsburg. The master of the English household drank to the health of those present from a bowl of spiced ale which was then passed around and the Saxon phrase Wasshael or "be well" was repeated.

Submitted by Kathleeen Horsell

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