What is “Wassailing”?
Wassailing (pronounced “WASS-a-ling”) is the act of going from house to house singing and drinking wassail punch (as in “Here we go a-wassailing…”), traditionally on the Twelfth Night (January 5th), which is “Epiphany Eve.” In the Middle Ages, the wassail was a reciprocal exchange between the feudal lords and their peasants as a form of recipient-initiated charitable giving, to be distinguished from begging. Listen to the song below.
Holiday Wassail Punch
- 1 quart apple juice
- 1 quart orange juice
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1, 8 oz. can pineapple juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks
- 8 whole allspice Navel orange slices
- Combine all ingredients in listed order inside crock-pot (4 quart size or larger).
- Cook on low setting approximately 4 hours or until heated to desired temperature.
- Ladle into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Happy Holidays!
The traditional beverage is perfect after a night of Christmas caroling or to enjoy with friends at any holiday gathering. The slow cooker keeps it warm for the evening.