WASSAIL! WASSAIL! WASSAIL!
You might not think you know what wassail is, but if you’ve ever lived through Christmas, chances are you do. Cue up the traditional Here We Come A’wassailing carol, and BOOM- there you go. (See how they snuck that word in there? I must have always sung that part wrong.)
Wassail is simply a spiced apple cider, or mead, usually with pieces of fruit and occasionally tempered eggs. And if you’re really feeling frisky, you top it with slices of TOAST.
But that’s just silly, especially if you’re using gluten free/grain-free toast. Naht. Instead I substitute it with the tempered eggs which adds a creamy flavor.
The first time I tried wassail was 5 years ago. I was at a Christmas party and none of us were drinking; Instead, somebody brought non-alcoholic wassail in a crock pot. Sounds lame right?
I can’t even begin to describe the joyous contentment I found inside that cup, surrounded by people I loved, and not needing anything else in the world- in that moment.
Plus I didn’t suffer from a terrible hangover the next morning, an added bonus.
I usually make this recipe on the stove because I’m impatient, but if you are having guests over for a yuletide occasion then the recipe is easily doubled to fit a crockpot (not to mention the house will smell great for the 8 hour cooking-duration.)