Kitchen Witch Yule Drink
Yule is a celebration of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and below the equator, the winter solstice falls around June 21. Winter Solstice takes place on December 21 and it celebrates the rebirth of the Sun. It marks the shortest day of the year when daylight is the shortest. That is one reason why Yule is celebrated with lighting of a lot of candles to represent the Sun's Light.
There are many different things that are served at Yuletide celebrations but one that is always pretty constant is a drink called Wassail. Wassail is a spiced alcoholic beverage that will indeed warm your soul during the dark hours of winter. As with most recipes you will always find versions, but the two things that will always remain the same is using Apple Cider and an Alcohol of your choice. In this recipe I choose to use Rum because I hate to purchase an item just for one recipe... the rum I will use for another recipe that is also favored during Yule.
A Traditional Yuletide Beverage
- 1 Gallon Apple Cider
- 1-2 Cups Rum, Depending on how strong you want it. You can also use another alcohol of your choice.
- 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon Cloves
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Honey, You could also use Maple Syrup
- 2 Apples, Sliced at the top
- Place all of the ingredients in a crock pot and allow to completely warm. You can either add the apple slices and allow them to absorb the beverage, or you can just float a slice of apple in each cup of Wassail
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A little Extra Information
For those of you that follow the magical properties of herbs and spices, here are a few properties of the herbs I mentioned in this recipe:
Allspice: Used in Yule Recipes to bring wealth and healing
Cloves: Banishes Negativity, attracts wealth, and gives power to enhance other herbs.
Cinnamon: Protection, spiritual awareness, healing, passion and financial gain
Ginger: Passion, empowerment, courage and boosting other to herbs to make work stronger.
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