Here we come a-wassailing

Tonight is Twelfth Night, the night preceding Epiphany, which is the day (or the feast day connected with the celebration of) the revelation of Jesus to the Magi. You know all of those nativity scenes with the wise men peering in through the barn doors? Totally fabricated. They didn’t show up until a few days later. (Though if we’re talking about fabrications, I think a bit more of that particular story needs to be investigated… but that’s not really my point.)

Anyway, tonight is Twelfth Night. And while we won’t be banging on doors to scare away the demons or making a king cake, we’ve a few celebratory plans in mind.

We’re watching Twelfth Night, cooking a grand feast and making wassail. Wassail is a traditional Old English beverage that was given in the bleak midwinter to carolers and such. It’s basically a mulled cider, but we add wine too. And we may have gotten a bit of a jump on the wassail. (3 PM is totally not too early for a rum/wine beverage, right?) (Shush. I don’t care.)

Holy mother, is this stuff good. You should make it too. Pick the stuff up on the way home from work and make this a Twelfth Night to remember! (Or a night to forget, depending on your liberality with the rum bottle. But that’s your business. We don’t judge.)

Here’s what you need:



(allspice, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, whole cloves, ground cloves, orange peel, cinnamons sticks) (or, as ever, use what you have, but this combo is good)

and Liquids


(red wine, spiced rum, lemon juice, orange juice, apple cider)

Here’s what you do:

1.5.11 1021. In a large pot, combine roughly equal parts of wine, cider and OJ; then add a dash of rum and lemon juice.

2. Add a half cup of brown sugar (yum!) and about a 1/4 tsp of each of the spices. (This is kind of a dash of this and a toss of that type of recipe. If you want precise measurements, this site will be helpful—we used it the first time we made this.)

1.5.11 1043. Simmer for about half an hour. If you have any apples, oranges, clementines, lemons, or limes, toss a few fruit quarters in the pot.

And voila! Drink up!

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