Seeing that today is Twelfth Night, I thought for those of you wanting to  do some “wassailing of the trees.” (or just indoor wassailing), I would provide a wassail recipe.

Wassail means “Good Health” in Old English. The tradition in most of England (especially in the South) of wassailing) in order to ensure a bountiful harvest of apples.

It’s easier to get guests to sing the traditional verse if you add  the sherry, rum or brandy to your hot cider mix.

Here we come a wassailing among the leaves so green,
here we come a wassailing so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you and to you your wassail too.
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
and God send you a Happy New Year.


1 qt brown ale
8 oz dry sherry
1/2 c brown sugar
3 apples
finely grated peel of 1/2 lemon or orange
1/2 t each of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Peel and core two apples and cut in thick slices. Place in a baking dish and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  2. Drizzle with 2 oz of brown ale.
  3. Bake until apples are tender (about 45 minutes).
  4. Chop the apples and their cooking juices in a food processor until smooth.
  5. Place in a saucepan over medium low heat and add remaining ale, sherry, lemon peel, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Simmer gently for a few minutes. (If you’re not in a hurry and you want to keep it warm longer, use a crock pot/slow cooker.)
  6. For extra warmth, add sherry, rum or brandy.
  7. Peel and core remaining apple and slice. Add slices to the bowl and some cloves and serve warm.