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Eric Furgeson

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PostSubject: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:10 pm

So I have heard about wassel (sp?) off and on all my life and finaly made up my mind to ask what it is. I know, I know why not just google it and get the answer that way? I ask you where is the fun in that? So I would like to hear from our Brothers and Sisters here. A) what is it? i know its a drink but is it "adult" or family friendly? B) how is it made? C) where did you learn to make it and lastly D) What does it taste like to you?
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:37 pm

Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:47 pm

I'm not familiar with it. Guess I have something to study tonight!

Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:50 pm

Ozark Wizard wrote:
I'm not familiar with it. Guess I have something to study tonight!

Very Happy
From what I have heard (not sure mind you) It is a drink that dates back to the Vikings and their yule celibrations. This is what made me ask if it is family friendly or an adult beverage.
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:53 pm

DrT999 wrote:
Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
Thanks DrT. Still not sure how it is made but at least I have an idea of what it might taste like.
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:21 pm

Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
Thanks DrT. Still not sure how it is made but at least I have an idea of what it might taste like.

Pour cider in a pot (or kettle for an open fire), sweet or hard depending on who's being served;
add spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, ginger, etc.); some might add sugar or honey, or citrus slices, brandy, etc.;
bring to slow boil;
let simmer

serve to carolers, going from house to house, to keep them warm (i.e., those who are 'wassailing')
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:30 pm

DrT999 wrote:
Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
Thanks DrT. Still not sure how it is made but at least I have an idea of what it might taste like.

Pour cider in a pot (or kettle for an open fire), sweet or hard depending on who's being served;
add spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, ginger, etc.); some might add sugar or honey, or citrus slices, brandy, etc.;
bring to slow boil;
let simmer

serve to carolers, going from house to house, to keep them warm (i.e., those who are 'wassailing')
Acutaly sounds good I will have to give it a try.
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:35 pm

Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
Thanks DrT. Still not sure how it is made but at least I have an idea of what it might taste like.

Pour cider in a pot (or kettle for an open fire), sweet or hard depending on who's being served;
add spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, ginger, etc.); some might add sugar or honey, or citrus slices, brandy, etc.;
bring to slow boil;
let simmer

serve to carolers, going from house to house, to keep them warm (i.e., those who are 'wassailing')
Acutaly sounds good I will have to give it a try.

If the idea sounds good, I'm sure there are lots of recipes out there to work from!
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:49 pm

...so it's not a small fury rodent that lives in the Highlands of Scotland then?
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:53 pm

OK, OK, I checked this out.........

Sounds pretty sweet, kinda spicy, and definitely best using over-ripe or slightly fermented apples......

Hmmm.............

I'll get back to you.................

Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:19 pm

Years ago I made a Wassail bowl that went something like this-

Take a gallon of malty sweet ale and pour into a cooking pot. Slowly bring a simmer and stir in a cup of confectioners sugar (or more to taste).

Into this, place one or more whole oranges that have had a dozen or more whole cloves stuck into them.

Continue to simmer for 20 min or so. Do not boil.

Serve into a punch bowl while still hot with the oranges floating in them. Ladle this into punch glasses and toast each other's health with a hearty cry of "Wassail".

Heating the ale drives off some of the alcohol, but not all. So it's definitely an adult beverage. There again it's fairly sweet too, so it sort of discourages large scale consumption. IMO, of course.

I made this back when I was a cheesehead before I got into brewing. And while I never wrote down the recipe that's as close as I can remember it.

santa


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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:12 pm

Stick wrote:
...so it's not a small fury rodent that lives in the Highlands of Scotland then?
Nope and it is nay the wee fury rodent that lives under a kilt!!!!! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:16 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Years ago I made a Wassail bowl that went something like this-

Take a gallon of malty sweet ale and pour into a cooking pot. Slowly bring a simmer and stir in a cup of confectioners sugar (or more to taste).

Into this, place one or more whole oranges that have had a dozen or more whole cloves stuck into them.

Continue to simmer for 20 min or so. Do not boil.

Serve into a punch bowl while still hot with the oranges floating in them. Ladle this into punch glasses and toast each other's health with a hearty cry of "Wassail".

Heating the ale drives off some of the alcohol, but not all. So it's definitely an adult beverage. There again it's fairly sweet too, so it sort of discourages large scale consumption. IMO, of course.

I made this back when I was a cheesehead before I got into brewing. And while I never wrote down the recipe that's as close as I can remember it.

santa


Cheers,

RR
I honestly figured you would have an answer for this one Brew! Given that it had a chance of involving alcohol and the mixing of such Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:09 pm

I reckon it just depends what part of the country your in, here it's a small critter that looks sorta like a mank or fairat.

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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:40 pm

My mom made wassel every Christmas day for us to drink while we read the birth of Jesus from the bible and opened our Christmas presents. She did a family friendly version without any alcohol. Being older now, I can see some brandy being added to it would make it quite delicious!
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:23 pm

DrT, your spot on! I can't explain any better. Your a scholar for sure cheers cheers

KEEP ON PUFFING!!!
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:57 am

DrT is dead on, as always.

Basically, picture hot apple cider with all of the traditional holiday spices and (to make it even remotely enjoyable) a bit of booze.
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:52 pm

This is the fireplace inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. The reddish globe is allegedly for making mulled cider. It swings out and into the fireplace. Apparently some people go for this type of thing more than others.

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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:54 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
I reckon it just depends what part of the country your in, here it's a small critter that looks sorta like a mank or fairat.


I saw what you did there.  Wink
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:14 am

[quote="Eric Furgeson"][quote="DrT999"]
Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
Thanks DrT. Still not sure how it is made but at least I have an idea of what it might taste like.

Pour cider in a pot (or kettle for an open fire), sweet or hard depending on who's being served;
add spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, ginger, etc.); some might add sugar or honey, or citrus slices, brandy, etc.;
bring to slow boil;
let simmer

serve to carolers, going from house to house, to keep them warm (i.e., those who are 'wassaling).

So if a politician comes to my house and I find their positions to be constantly changing with the breeze, i.e. waffling, I have to get out the waffle iron and make them waffles?

Natch
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PostSubject: Re: So just what is wassel?   Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:03 am

Natch wrote:
Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Eric Furgeson wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Hot mulled cider; never cared for it.
Thanks DrT. Still not sure how it is made but at least I have an idea of what it might taste like.

Pour cider in a pot (or kettle for an open fire), sweet or hard depending on who's being served;
add spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, ginger, etc.); some might add sugar or honey, or citrus slices, brandy, etc.;
bring to slow boil;
let simmer

serve to carolers, going from house to house, to keep them warm (i.e., those who are 'wassaling).

So if a politician comes to my house and I find their positions to be constantly changing with the breeze, i.e. waffling, I have to get out the waffle iron and make them waffles?

Natch
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