Wait, what? What's a wassail? Wassel? Wassssss...ale? Anyway. It's a mulled ale or wine drink served hot and OMG IT'S SO AMAZING! For you history buffs: http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/holiday06/wassail.cfm

Not too hard to make, either. I made this for Thanksgiving and will probably make it again for Yule. It's delicious. It's SO not for children. And here's the recipe:

6 12oz bottles of light ale (I used Redd's Apple Ale)

6 cinnamon sticks

8 cloves

Zest from 1 lemon

6-8 apples (mixture of granny smith and galas worked well)

3 cups brown sugar

2 cup port, or 1 cup brandy and 1 cup dry red wine

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground all spice

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large pan or dutch oven bring the ale, lemon zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a simmer. Reduce heat and remove 1/2 cup ale. Set aside.

Next, score the circumference of the apples with a knife and place in an oven safe baking dish. Mix in a separate bowl the sugar and spices and pour over apples. Pour port and 1/2 cup of ale over apples and bake in oven, covered, for 30 minutes.

Remove cinnamon sticks from ale. Remove apples from dish and set into the ale. Whisk together sugar and port mixture before pouring into ale. Cover and simmer another 30-40 minutes over low heat. Serve warm.

Happy Wassailing, folks!