Dicken's Wassail Unverified!

I never had a chance to get into this, preferring mulled wine or spiced (and spiked) cider for my yuletide inebriation needs. Still -- Dickens, Wassail, how can you go wrong?


  • 3 baking apples, cored
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 qts ale
  • 2 Tbl ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbl ground ginger
  • 2 Tbl nutmeg
  • 1 qt sherry
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons, juiced & peeled


Put apples into a deep casserole. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and the water in a saucepan; bring to boil.

Pour syrup over apples. Cover casserole and bake at 350F 30 to 40 minutes or until apples are tender, basting occasionally.

Pour ale into a saucepan and heat on low heat until it foams.

Add spices, sherry and 1 1/2 cups sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice. Heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Reheat mixture and pour through a double thickness of cheesecloth into a heat resistant punch bowl. Float apples and serve, garnished with lemon peel.