Yankee Kitchen: Wassail Recipe
What is wassail? Is it a holiday beer of some sort? — M.F., Jamestown, RI
Good instinct, but no. I’ll begin with a wæs thu hæl to you and yours. Meaning “be thou hale [well],” this Old English greeting with roots in ancient Norse traditions has morphed into both another word for Christmas caroling and, for our purposes, a generic name for a hot mulled drink (appropriately well suited to serve to frostbitten carolers on a cold holiday night). Warm alcoholic beverages are not my cup of tea, as it were, but this easy (and potent) recipe will serve you and your guests well.