Wassail

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This traditional warm holiday punch combines lager, dark rum, lemon juice and ginger. The name means "be in good health."

"Be in good health" is what this mulled warm drink is all about.  Associated Press
Associated Press
"Be in good health" is what this mulled warm drink is all about.

WASSAIL

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 8 to 10

2 quarts larger-style beer

5 ounces simple syrup

3 ounces lemon juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 quart dark rum

Apple slices, for garnish

Lemon slices, for garnish

In a medium saucepan, combine the beer, simple syrup, lemon juice, nutmeg and ginger. Heat over medium-high until hot, about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not let it boil. Add the rum and stir well.

Place the apple and lemon slices in a heat-proof punch bowl. Add the punch and stir three times.

Recipe from A.J. Rathbun's Good Spirits, Harvard Common Press, 2007, $29.95


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