On the tenth day of Christmas my bartender made for me wassail to share with friends and family...
I've never tried wassail before and this Cocktails of Christmas provided the perfect opportunity to make some. I thought it was really good; I love dark beer and hard cider. Since I think of England when I hear wassail, we chose to stick with English beer and cider. Good choice.
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
½ c brown sugar (maybe need to decrease to ¼ c)
juice and spiral peel of 1 orange
juice and spiral peel of 1 lemon
4 oz hot water
16 oz (2 c) brown ale (we used Newcastle)
6 oz hard cider (we used Strongbow)
In large, nonaluminum pot, combine spices, sugar, citrus juices and spiral pieces with hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, til hot. Add the ale and cider, cook to steaming (not boiling). Ladle into heat proof mugs, garnish with an orange twist.
Source: Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide by Mittie Hellmich