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Updated: Dec 21, 2021

The word ‘wassail’ is believed to be derived from the Old English ‘was hál’, meaning ‘be hale’ or ‘good health’"

- Sally-Anne Huxtable

There is no greater time than now to wish good health to all and with a full moon and the winter solstice approaching lots of activity in the air,

In a world where many of us live lives that are, for the most part, divorced from the land that sustains us, it always pays to be reminded that we are still subject to the mysteries of nature and its cycles. Wassailing reminds us of the ways people in Britain have looked to the land to see that good health, good community relations and good harvest are maintained in the year ahead.

In the cider-producing West of England (primarily the counties of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire) wassailing also refers to drinking (and singing) the health of trees in the hopes that they might better thrive.

If like me, you are taking some time to hunker down and dive into the depths of yuletide then making this gorgeous wassail will be the perfect way to throw all your intentions for the new year into the pot and watch the sweetness envelop the fruit and bubble away as we let go of everything we wish and call in the new.

This time of year is a time for reflection. I time for casting our awareness back and last night I found the most amazing blog post about Mother Christmas, the Deer Mother. For more learning about times gone by please check this blog post out - I'd love to know what you thought!

A heart warming winter drink to celebrate the yule tide festivities

What you'll need

Apple Juice

3 Gala Apples

1 Large Orange

spices: Cloves, Nutmeg, Ground Ginger

Vanilla Pod (or vanilla extract)

Cinnamon Sticks

  1. Take the orange peel it and stud it with cloves (13 is enough) dice up 3 small apples and sprinkle them with sugar roast them at 180 degrees C in the oven for 30-40 minutes

  2. Place the apple juice/cider in a saucepan, add the orange peels, vanilla, 2 cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and ground ginger, simmer slowly until warm

  3. When apples have been roasted add to the apple juice/cider and spice mixture and simmer until hot

  4. Pop a cinnamon stick in the glass with some of the roasted apple slices (horizontal) and one clove stick

  5. Pour and serve

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